The heavyweight championship title picture is all but confirmed for the next year.
Once Cain Velasquez recovers from his latest surgery setback, the UFC heavyweight champion will face the winner of the UFC on FOX 11 main event, which pits Travis Browne against Fabricio Werdum, when the promotion visits Mexico sometime in the near future.
UFC head honcho Dana White confirmed the news earlier today at the UFC on FOX 11 pre-fight press conference in Orlando:
"Yeah...as long as Cain's recovery is on course, then the fight will be in Mexico. I'm probably going to get in trouble for saying and announcing that."
Both Browne and Werdum were already confirmed as the next title challengers; however, the immediate plans were not set in stone prior to the announcement earlier today.
There's no date set for the event yet, although the promotion has already booked Mexico City for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Latin America" Finale in November later this year. One can only assume a match-up between the current champion against his next challenger would take place on a mega pay-per-view (PPV) card.
Or will it?
The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) standout hasn't fought since his drubbing of Junior dos Santos in their heavyweight rubber match at UFC 166 last October. "Hapa," meanwhile, meets "Vai Cavalo" this weekend (April 19, 2014) at UFC on FOX 11: "Werdum vs. Browne" in Orlando, Florida.
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