With the UFC hoping to make a splash in Mexico later this year, the company is looking for potential stars to fill up their card. They may have found one, as the UFC has signed a highly-touted prospect.
The UFC has signed welterweight Salvador Augusto Montano, a Mexican prospect from the famed Jackson-Winkeljohn gym in New Mexico. There, Montano trains with the likes of Jon Jones, Travis Browne, Alistair Overeem, Diego Sanchez, and many others.
Montano has a 13-1 career record, with eight knockout and five submission victories to his credit. His only loss came to UFC fighter Sam Alvey in 2011.
“I feel very happy, also a bit nostalgic, because it has been a bit difficult and now that we have the door open, I’m making count of all the doors we had to open before and what I had to sacrifice,” said Montano, to Fightland recently. “All the sweat and blood we left on the road, but the best is yet to come.”
Since losing to Sam Alvey via unanimous decision, Montano, nicknamed “Dodger”, is riding a four-fight winning streak, going unbeaten in the past two and a half years.
The UFC will make its debut in Mexico in November, headlining the show with a UFC Heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, who will be serving as coaches on the first Mexican season of The Ultimate Fighter. Werdum, despite being Brazilian, serves as a member of the announce team for the UFC’s Spanish-language speaking broadcasts.