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UFC 180: Mark Hunt officially relocates camp to Mexico City in preparation of high altitude fight against Fabricio Werdum

The "Super Samoan" doesn't have a ton of time to prepare for the altitude in Mexico City before Nov. 15. He revealed on UFC Tonight that he will spend the remaining days of his camp south of the border before his interim title fight against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180.

Hannah Peters

Fighting at high elevation can take a toll on a fighter rather quickly. Mark Hunt would bare witness to such conditions back at UFC 135 in Denver, Colorado, after a three-round decision victory over Ben Rothwell.

When the "Super Samoan" steps in to face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180 in Mexico City for the UFC interim heavyweight title, it will be even higher up than the "Mile-High City."

Hunt won't have a full camp to prepare for the arduous conditions, since he was just announced as heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez's replacement, but he will at least get the next couple of weeks under his belt in preparation for the five-round battle taking place high above sea level.

"If this place is like Denver, I will need as much time there as possible," Hunt told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of UFC Tonight. "Fighting at altitude is not fun if you don't spend two months preparing."

Hunt will be at a significant disadvantage against Werdum in terms of getting acclimated to the environment in Mexico City. That's because his opponent has spent his entire fight camp there, and also because he accepted the title fight on about three-weeks notice.

Werdum will still have homework to do himself (assuming he doesn't get poisoned first), as he will now face a knockout artist who will be looking to take his head off sooner rather than later. As opposed to Velasquez, who presents a more well-rounded approach and can push an extreme pace for 25 minutes.

The match up is interesting and altitude will assuredly be a great equalizer between the two heavyweights. For Hunt, two weeks to prepare may not be two months, but he is doing what he has to do in a limited time frame before Nov. 15 at UFC 180.

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