UFC Officially Heading to Mexico
The "Ultimate Fighter: Latin America" reality show is set to begin production and will premiere on Televisa on August 18, while a championship fight has been scheduled for November.
MEXICO CITY -- The UFC on Tuesday announced it has scheduled a Nov. 15 heavyweight championship match between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum in the Mexican capital.
UFC president Dana White added that Velasquez and Werdum will also appear as coaches for the upcoming reality series, The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America. Filming for the show begins on May 12 in Las Vegas, and the season premiere bows on the UFC Network and Mexico's Televisa on Aug. 18.
Mexican-American champion Velasquez will get most of the crowd's backing when he squares off against Brazilian-born Werdum at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico later this year.
Velasquez is recovering from a shoulder injury, but told a packed news conference that he'll be ready to go for UFC 180. If he's not ready, Werdum says that's just fine.
"If Cain wants to fight injured, I don't mind," said a grinning Werdum.
In other Mexico news, media giant Televisa said during a Tuesday morning conference call that it is in talks with Netflix to produce original content for the streaming service. Televisa declined to provide details. Netflix announced last week that it had ordered a soccer-themed Spanish-language comedy series from the creators of the hit Mexican film We Are the Nobles.