UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and No. 1 contender Fabricio Werdum will be the head coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America. The announcement was made during a special press conference from Mexico City, Mexico on Tuesday.
Velasquez and Werdum will than square off on November 15 from Mexico City at UFC 180. It will mark the first trip to the country for the promotion. The finals of TUF: Latin America will also take place the night of the pay-per-view.
Velasquez (13-1) is coming off a fifth round TKO victory over Junior dos Santos last October. He has successfully defended the belt twice since regaining it from dos Santos in 2012.
“I am going to do whatever I can do to fight here in Mexico,” said Velasquez, who is recovering from surgery on his shoulder.
The former NJCAA wrestling champion and standout at Arizona State University is on a four-fight win streak. His only career loss came in 2011 to “Cigano.”
Werdum (18-5-1) has won his last four, including a recent decision over Travis Browne to secure his place as the No. 1 contender. He is 4-0 since resigning with the UFC after a run in Strikeforce that saw him defeat the likes of Antonio Silva and Fedor Emelianenko.
“You know I am going to come into Mexico with a bang,” UFC president Dana White said. “I am going to bring some good fights here.”
The series will begin filming in May and feature 135- and 145-pound fighters, while it will air starting August 18.
UFC 180 will take place from the Arena Ciudad de Mexico. Tickets go on sale in August for the card.
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