UFC 180 in Mexico was supposed to feature two of the UFC’s most popular fighters with a Mexican heritage: Cain Velasquez and Diego Sanchez. Due to numerous setbacks, both are now off the card, and we had a much different cast of characters weighing in on Friday afternoon in Mexico City.
Come Saturday, Fabricio Werdum will square off with Mark Hunt in the main event to battle for the interim UFC heavyweight championship, while Velasquez sits on the sideline watching, dealing with an injured knee.
Hunt teased leading up to the fight that he hadn’t been training and would have a difficult time making weight. That may or may not have been the case, but he hit the mark at 265 pounds dead on. Werdum stepped on the scale at 232 pounds.
Hunt had little more to say, “I think it’s a great opportunity. I thank God upstairs for allowing me to be here. Thank you.”
The co-main event now features former welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger squaring up with The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum.
The preliminary portion of the UFC 180 fight card, also features the featherweight and bantamweight finals of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America.
UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt Official Weigh-in Results
Main Card (on Pay-Per-View)
Fabricio Werdum (265) vs. Mark Hunt (232)†
Jake Ellenberger (171) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (170)
Ricardo Lamas (145) vs. Dennis Bermudez (146)
Augusto Dodger Montano (169) vs. Chris Heatherly (170)
Edgar Garcia (170) vs. Héctor Urbina (169)
Prelims on FOX Sports 1:
Yair Rodriguez (145) vs. Leonardo Morales (144)††
Alejandro Perez (135) vs. Jose Quinonez (135)†††
Jessica Eye (134) vs. Leslie Smith (134)
Gabriel Benitez (145) vs. Humberto Brown (146)
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass:
Henry Briones (134) vs. Guido Cannetti (135)
Marco Beltran (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135)
†For Interim UFC Heavyweight Title
††TUF: Latin America Featherweight Final
†††TUF: Latin America Bantamweight Final
UFC 180 Start Times
Main Card on PPV: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Prelims on FOX Sports 1: 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass: 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT