On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the UFC heads to Mexico for the first time for UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt. The event will take place at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico and it will feature an interim UFC heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt.

Originally Werdum was scheduled to face UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez for the title as the two coached against one another on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, but Velasquez suffered a knee injury and had to withdraw from the bout.

While this card has lost some of its luster due to injuries, the matchups it does feature are tremendous. For the gamblers out there is card has a lot of potential.

 

Dennis Bermudez, -210 vs. Ricardo Lamas, +160

This featherweight bout is going to be fun as Lamas and Bermudez are two of the best 145-pounders in the world. Lamas is one fight removed from his shot at the featherweight title holder in Jose Aldo. Bermudez on the other hand has won seven fights in a row and will be looking for win number eight; eight consecutive wins should be more than enough to grant him a shot at the title. This matchup is as close as it gets as both men have identical records and strikingly similar skill sets.

The play: Take Bermudez for the win

Jake Ellenberger, +170 vs. Kelvin Gastelum, -230

In the co-main event of the evening,TUF 17 winner Gastelum takes on battle tested veteran Ellenberger. Since winning his season of TUF, Gastelum has been impressive winning all three of his UFC bout and extending his undefeated record to 9-0; Gastelum is an exciting prospect on his way up. Ellenberger on the other hand is looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses to Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald. This is going to be a big test for Gastelum as Ellenberger is one of the best in the world at welterweight.

The play: Take Ellenberger to upset the youngster

Fabricio Werdum, -425 vs. Mark Hunt, +320

The main event of the evening features an interesting interim title fight between Werdum and Hunt. Werdum has looked like a completely different fighter since rejoining the UFC, racking up four straight wins while showing off a new and improved striking game. Hunt on the other hand is a true enigma; since losing his UFC debut to Sean McCorkle of all people he has gone 5-1-1 with four of those wins coming by vicious knockout. Where this fight takes place will determine the winner as Hunt is a much better striker and Werdum’s grappling is light years ahead of Hunt’s.

The play: Trust the power and take Hunt for the upset

 

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