Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum Set for UFC 180, Will Coach TUF Latin America

May 1, 2014
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Cain Velasquez UFC 155 backstage passUFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will put his title on the line against Fabricio Werdum on Nov. 15 in Mexico City in the main event of UFC 180. UFC president Dana White made the announcement on Tuesday during a press conference in the Mexican capital.

Velasquez (13-1) defended his title for the second time at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, 2013, but has been sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery.

Werdum (18-5, 1 NC) has put together a four-fight winning streak since returning to the UFC in February 2012, solidifying his position as the No. 1 heavyweight contender.

Prior to their UFC 180 title fight, Velasquez and Werdum will coach the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, which company officials also announced on Tuesday.

TUF Latin America includes numerous nations, including Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay or Venezuela.

The show features featherweights and bantamweights, and begins shooting on May 12. It will debut the week of Aug. 18 on Televisa in Mexico and will be available on other television networks throughout Latin America.

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  • English Colonel

    What language will Cain Velasquez speak on the show?

    • Jon Garcia

      español, pendejo.TUF Latino America IS the name of the show, FYI…

      • English Colonel

        He doesn’t habla espanol.

        • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

          He actually has a decent spanish, btw Werdum speaks a better spanish

          • shakejunt

            for sure! kinda hoping this season makes it apparent how americanized cain is.

          • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

            or how Werdum is half spaniard

          • Iamaman

            Yeah he has a hard time speaking Spanish in his interviews and I’m guessing most of these TUF fighters won’t have good English…. I’m sure there’s gonna be a language barrier there but that will probably get edited out… I think the contestants on the show will be able to communicate with fabricio easier.

          • Iamaman

            I wouldn’t consider cain’s Spanish as decent… I think it’s pretty bad… Fabricio speaks Spanish very well.

    • Your_Dad

      Latin American, duh

  • WhereIsHomefront2?

    So the heavyweight “champion” who hardly ever fights gets another six months? This is a JOKE.

    • Mark McDowall

      I thought the same thing…his interviews where he is “not going to rush his return at all” made him seem like a bit of a puss…

    • Seth

      Well…maybe if he had more than 1 opponent to fight, things would be different. HW Division is a joke – 2 opponents in last 5 fights? Yeah, sounds like HW is THE division to watch…

  • brad king

    i got cain at 3-1 to win easily

  • shakejunt

    i hope you’re sterile.

    • Guest

      I’m not but thank you for the acknowledgement. I’m assuming you’re one of them considering you seemed to have been bothered by my “insensitive” yet factual comment! 😛

      • shakejunt

        no, ha. it was more of an intelligence issue.

        how in the world would there be a baby born if it’s 16 guys locked in a house?

        you’re worried about latino children being paid for by american tax dollars, i’m worried about the lack of education you may possibly pass onto another generation.


    Iz this the Donald T. Sterling?? If so how does it feel to taste your ex players @$$ ??

  • Mark McDowall

    So this was their big announcement the other day?? Wasn’t this already pretty much a given?? Way to go UFC….lots of hype for something we already knew!!

    On a side note…I wonder what the response amoungst the fighters is in fighting in Mexico City?? Besides being one of the highest altitude cities in the world, it is also one of the most polluted. From personal experience…flying in through the white clouds…then through the thick layer of smog was an experience. It’s hard enough to breath in the altitude but with the amount of pollution, it makes breathing even harder…and I was just walking around. God knows how guys will handle fighting there…

    • JDMMA

      well I guess they’ll have excellent cardio in the U.S