VELASQUEZ EXCITED TO MAKE UFC RETURN IN MEXICO
By Adam Hill, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials have long believed the organization would be successful in Mexico, and Cain Velasquez always was the obvious choice to be the focus of that effort.
The American-born son of a father who entered the United States as an undocumented immigrant, the UFC heavyweight champion has a prominent “Brown Pride” tattoo across his chest. He spent much of his formative years living in an Arizona border town and spending weekends and holidays with family in Mexico.
That’s why it was so difficult for Velasquez to pull out of the UFC’s first scheduled event in Mexico in November when he suffered a knee injury.
It was even more difficult to watch Fabricio Werdum instead defeat Mark Hunt for an interim belt that was created because Velasquez had been out of action for so long.