Winner of Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne to Face UFC Champ Cain Velasquez in Mexico

April 18, 2014
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Cain VelasquezUFC president Dana White on Thursday confirmed that the winner of Saturday’s main event between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne will be punching his ticket to Mexico for a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Werdum had already earned a shot at Velasquez. But with the champ moving to the sidelines for what will likely be more than a year by the time he fully recovers from shoulder surgery, the Brazilian opted not to remain inactive.

He instead headlines the UFC on FOX 11 fight card in Orlando on Saturday opposite Browne, who has been blazing his path through the division.

It has been known for some time that the winner would get a shot at Velasquez, but White on Thursday confirmed that the plan is for that fight to take place in Mexico.

“Is the winner (of Werdum vs. Browne) fighting in Mexico? Yeah,” responded White during Thursday’s UFC on FOX 11 pre-fight press conference.

“As long as Cain’s recovery is on course then the fight will be in Mexico.”

Velasquez had successful shoulder surgery in December, but with several months of recovery and rehabilitation following the operation, the champ is currently still working to get healthy enough to return to training, let alone fighting.

He is now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

“I’m towards the end of my rehab right now, more so trying to get that strength back. Still can’t train yet, but hopefully the doctor will clear me soon,” Velasquez told a group of reporters in Dallas at UFC 171 in mid-March.

A rough target right for his return is somewhere around November.

“I think November sounds good. I think with rehab and everything else that would give me time to get ready,” Velasquez added.

White has frequently said that the UFC wouldn’t go to Mexico without Velasquez, but if all goes well, it sounds as if it will happen later this year.

“As soon as he’s ready, we’ll do it,” White said. “We’re ready as soon as he’s ready. We can go to Ireland without Conor McGregor, but going into Mexico without Cain would be silly.”

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  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    “Brown Pride” is a gang tattoo. Way to go Dana.

    • WayToGoShart

      I guess that goes for “White Power” too lol

      • WhereIsHomefront2?

        Let us know if you ever see a UFC fighter allowed to wear it.

    • Danny

      Lesnar fans still cant believe he lost

  • shakejunt

    wonder when they’re looking to do this event. if werdum can pull off the win then i see them coaching tuf mexico. he probably speaks better spanish than cain.

  • julian moran

    Werdum has more of a chance of beating Velasquez then Brown.

  • WhereIsHomefront2?

    How to promote your brand in Mexico.

    Step 1: Find any latino guy who is willing to make a jackass out of himself by walking into arena to Tejano music while sporting a racially provocative tattoo and wearing enough Mexican flags to fill a parade float on May 5.

    Step 2: Find easy match-ups for his particular style and push him towards undeserved title shot.

    Step 3: After he gets the belt, encourage him to take time off with “injury” while Zuffa sets up shop in Mexico. Use silly graphs on website such as “Days As Champion” to highlight his ‘extensive’ run as champion without reminding fans that he hasn’t defended his belt even once.

    Step 4: After realizing that Mexico is going to take longer, finally force Mexichamp to fight (at which point he gets knocked out in first round.)

    Step 5: Go into full panic mode and give Mexichamp every advantage in winning belt back.

    Step 6: Don’t make the same dumb mistake again. Put Mexichamp back into pseudo-retirement until your actual Mexican launch date is set in stone.

    Step 7: Under consideration. May include feeding opponent lots of Mexican water on fight night.

    • JDMMA

      very easy for cowards to promote their bigotry here !!!

      • WhereIsHomefront2?

        Even easier for fanboys to claim bigotry in response to criticism of their favorite ‘ethnic’ fighter and preferred MMA promotion.

    • Danny

      Must be a sore WWE Lesnar fanboy LOL

    • shakejunt

      yes, they’re protecting the guy who took 5 years off the lifespan of the only guy to beat him.

      i don’t like cain either, but you do realize how ridiculous this sounds, right?

  • put me in the sauna coach

    The fight in Mexico…sounds like a great idea…as long as the American fighters don’t mind having bags of urine thrown at them.