On Saturday, November 15th the UFC will hold UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt from the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico.

This will be the first time the UFC has touched down in Mexico and it was originally supposed to be headlined by Mexican MMA’s biggest star, Cain Velasquez, defending his title against Fabricio Werdum. Velasquez had to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury, but the Mexican fans will still be treated to a heavyweight title fight. Werdum will still be in the main event and will now face Mark Hunt for the interim heavyweight title. The fact that these two men are fighting for a UFC title in 2014 comes as a shock to many, but both men put on what could be the best performance of their careers in their last time out. In April, Werdum picked apart fast rising, Travis Browne, for five rounds en route to a unanimous decision. In September, Hunt became the first man to knock out Roy Nelson. Now the two will clash for the interim title and the winner will presumably face Velasquez when he returns from injury.

In the co-main event, we could very well see a welterweight slugfest when Kelvin Gastelum clashes with Jake Ellenberger. This is a huge spot for Gastelum, who is of Mexican decent. He is the youngest winner of The Ultimate Fighter, but he has never faced the pressure of fighting in a pay-per-view co-main event. He is unbeaten in nine professional bouts and this will be his fifth inside the octagon. Ellenberger is the biggest test that Gastelum has faced to date, but he is coming off of two losses instead of four wins. Ellenberger is a perennial top ten contender, but has been criticized for not showing up in the biggest bouts. His two fight skid was preceded by a brutal knockout of Nate Marquardt.

The third bout from the top is also a big bout, as featherweight contenders Dennis Bermudez and Ricardo Lamas will face each other as Bermudez looks to extend his winning streak to eight. The finals of TUF Latin America will also take place on the card. The five fight main card airs on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET. The preliminary action will be split between Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. The Fox Sports 1 broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET with the Fight Pass broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Above is video of the fight club q&a featuring Cain Velasquez. (Video is courtesy of the UFC)

FULL CARD
Fabricio Werdum (232) vs. Mark Hunt (265)- for interim UFC heavyweight title
Jake Ellenberger (171) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (170)
Ricardo Lamas (146) vs. Dennis Bermudez (146)
Chris Heatherly (170) vs. Augusto Dodger Montano (169)
Edgar Garcia (170) vs. Hector Urbina (169)
Leandro Morales (144) vs. Yair Rodriguez (145) – TUF Latin America featherweight final
Alejandro Perez (135) vs. Jose Quinonez (135) – TUF Latin America bantamweight final
Jessica Eye (134) vs. Leslie Smith (134)
Gabriel Benitez (145) vs. Humberto Brown (146)
Henry Briones (134) vs. Guido Cannetti (135)
Marco Beltran (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135)

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