Fabricio Werdum could be the next title challenger at heavyweight. | Alan Oliveira/Sherdog.com
The winner of Fabricio Werdum’s upcoming clash with Travis Browne will receive a shot at the UFC heavyweight title in Mexico.
UFC President Dana White on Thursday announced the promotion’s plan. The UFC has not yet announced a date for its Mexican debut, but heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has long been considered the default headliner for such an event.
Werdum and Browne will battle Saturday night in the main event of UFC on Fox 11, which takes place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and airs live on the Fox Network.
A Pride Fighting Championships veteran, Werdum has won six of his last seven fights and rides a three-fight winning streak heading into his fourth Octagon appearance. Browne, meanwhile, has experienced defeat just once in 18 pro outings, most recently dispatching former UFC champion Josh Barnett in 60 seconds last December at UFC 168.
Velasquez last defended his belt in October, when he stopped Junior dos Santos in the fifth round of their rubber match at UFC 166. However, the American Kickboxing Academy standout injured his left shoulder during the bout and required surgery that has since kept him on the sideline. Velasquez has lost just once in 14 pro outings and has stopped 11 of his victims by knockout over seven years of competition.