The UFC has been interested in putting on a show in Mexico City, and it looks like the wait will soon be over. According to a Mexican media outlet, UFC 172 will take place in Mexico City with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez putting his title on the line against top contender Fabricio Werdum.
Velasquez has been very open about wanting to defend his title in Mexico and now his dream will reportedly come true.
It’s a matter of days for the UFC will officially announced the first event in Mexico. The Arena Mexico City will host the marquee 172 event, broadcast on pay per view in the United States, that will be headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. challenger for the heavyweight belt, the Brazilian Fabricio Werdum.
The date, the weekend of the 19th or April 26th 2014 is perfect for the Mexican American Velasquez, as he will have half a year to make full preparation. On Tuesday afternoon, the president Dana White confirmed that the announcement will take place on Mexican soil. That moment could come in the coming weeks as the company’s promotional activity intensifies.
This Sunday, the heavyweight champion returns to Mexico for the second time in less than two months. One of the priorities of the company in 2014 is Latin America.
The matchmakers at the UFC, Sean Shelby and Joe Silva, are also working to ensure that fighters with Latin roots are included. Names such as Diego Sanchez, Gilbert Melendez, and Kelvin Gastelum are on the deck. Besides the possibility that Erik Perez Nuevo Leon fight on Mexican soil and the likely debuts of fighters that are in the development program for more than six months.
If the event goes down with a number of Mexicans on the card, the atmosphere will be incredible.
Velasquez is one of the biggest stars in the sport and he has a strong Mexican backing, so putting on the show in Mexico City is one that makes plenty of sense. We will have to see if the UFC officially confirms the news in the coming day.