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UFC 180: Mark Hunt Discusses Reason for Making Early Move to Mexico

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Now that Mark Hunt has agreed to fight Fabricio Werdum on short notice, the New Zealand heavyweight isn’t messing around, in terms of getting ready for his interim title fight.

Hunt recently relayed to “UFC Tonight” that he’s already moved his training camp to Mexico, where the November 15 bout will be held. UFC 180 will go down in Mexico City, which according to Wikipedia, has an elevation of nearly 2,250 meters…

As a result, Hunt told the show’s Ariel Helwani (quote via FOX Sports.com):

“Because if this place is like Denver, then I will need as much time there as possible,” Hunt said.  “Fighting at altitude is not fun if you don’t spend two months [preparing].”

Yes indeed. Werdum, on the other hand, has had plenty of time to prepare, since he was booked to fight Cain Velasquez months ago. The champ recently injured his knee, however, and that’s when the UFC gave Hunt a ring.

It will be interesting to see whether conditioning plays a factor in the five round fight, and further, if Werdum might look to take Hunt into the deeper, fourth and fifth round waters.

That said, Hunt and his fight stopping fists have the ability to finish the deal at any juncture.

Hunt has been tapped for the golden opportunity thanks to a run which includes stoppage victories over Cheick Kongo, Stefan Struve and most recently Roy Nelson. The only man who has defeated the K-1 vet since 2010 is former champ Junior dos Santos.

UFC 180 will be hosted by the Mexico City Arena, and some of the other main card bouts include Jake Ellenberger vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Ricardo Lamas vs. Dennis Bermudez and Edgar Garcia vs. Hector Urbina.

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