UFC president Dana White confirmed two things during Thursday’s UFC on FOX 11 pre-fight press conference – first, Saturday’s heavyweight shootout between Fabricio Werdum (pictured) and Travis Browne will in fact get next crack at champ Cain Velasquez, and secondly, the championship affair will go down in Mexico.
White and Co. have been working hard to host a show south of the border for years, but wouldn’t take their talents there until Velasquez, who is Mexican-American, was ready to go.
Velasquez underwent surgery on his left shoulder in December and is expected to return to action later this year.
White did not confirm a specific date or venue that will host their debut in Mexico.
Werdum was already slated for next dibs at Velasquez’s heavyweight crown. However, Werdum was forced to take another tango to prove his mettle when Velasquez went under the knife. The jiu jitsu specialist will be riding a three-fight winning streak into his shootout with Browne.
Browne, meanwhile, capped off a spectacular 2013 campaign by knocking out Josh Barnett at UFC 168. The win marked his third straight, with “Hapa’s” prior two coming against former top contenders Alistair Overeem and Gabriel Gonzaga.
The 265-pounders headlines UFC on FOX 11 inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.