UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez (13-1) will make his return when he coaches opposite new #1 contender Fabricio Werdum (18-5-1) for TUF Latin America. Mexico City will host the finale which will be UFC 180 on November 15, featuring the two head coaches in the main event title fight and the finale of the first season with an entirely Latino cast.
Featherweight and bantamweight fighters will vie for the chance to become the first Ultimate Fighter from a Latin American country. Both Velasquez and Werdum are a perfect fit as they are both Spanish speaking.
The season will air on Televisa in Mexico and will be filmed in Las Vegas beginning the week of May 12. TUF Latin America will begin airing August 18.
“Televisa has been fantastic in putting this deal together for us,” said White during the news conference. “Just the feeling, reminds me of the deal we’ve have in the states with FOX.”
Velasquez has been out with an injury since he successfully defended his title a second time against Junior dos Santos at UFC 166. He is expected to make a full recovery from a torn labrum by the time the finale takes place at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.
The Mexican born fighter, who lives in California and trains out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, is the winner of 4 straight inside the Octagon. After losing his strap to dos Santos, Cain rematched him at UFC 155 and reclaimed the title. Velasquez said he is “honored” to have the chance to fight in his native Mexico.
Werdum went 5 rounds with Travis Browne and took a unanimous decision victory to become the next title contender. Hailing from Brazil, Werdum is also on a 4-fight win streak in the UFC. For the 36-year old, this is his first opportunity to fight for a title with the promotion.
“This is going to be the biggest challenge of my life to fight Cain. I know he’ll be well prepared,” said Werdum.