The UFC® heads overseas for it's next two PPV events. UFC® 179 will deliver the action to fans in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while UFC® 180 treats MMA fans live in Mexico City, Mexico.
UFC® 179 is right around the corner, and it may be too late to make travel plans and arrangements but, UFC® 180 is over a month away, leaving plenty of time for fighters and fans alike to plan for fight night!
So are you picking up your passport or will you be watching from the couch? If you're already interested and want to experience fight night like a UFC VIP browse the selection of packages that can get you there:
Need more convincing? See why UFC® 180 is the card you need to dust off your suitcase for!You HAVE To Be there:
Can you take the time off? Can you afford it? Who's going to watch your dog, Buddy? All perfectly reasonable questions to ask yourself before you haul off to the warmth of Mexico City. So besides being able to cash in on your PTO, why else should you go?
I'm so glad you asked.
1. Heavyweight Titans Will Battle
If you're an MMA fan you know that heavyweight fights mean two things: hands of steel and power. UFC® 180 will be the first time in over a year that the heavyweight title goes on the line.
Of champion Cain Velasquez's 13 wins, 11 have come via KO/TKO. ELEVEN! His opponent Fabricio Werdum is right there with him, with 14 of his 18 wins coming via finish. Regardless of how this fight ends, fans will be in for a war in the Octagon™, the only thing that could make it better?
Getting a UFC VIP Experience while there!
2. Does Rourke Have the Magic?
Yes, I mean that Mickey Rourke. Now, obviously he won't be fighting, but he has been training with Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger, who's been on a skid the last two matches, will be looking for a win to get back on track.
He's taken on a new trainer in Edmond Tarverdyan, Ronda Rousey's trainer. Hopefully he can absorb some of the champ's winning ways as he will be facing an undefeated Kevin Gastellum.
In a welterweight division stacked with talent, who knows how close the winner of this match will be to a shot at the strap!
3. Not Watching a Sanchez Fight is like Missing an Eclipse
They're a rare thing of beauty, just like a Diego Sanchez fight. The man has so many post-fight bonuses you wonder whether he's out there to win or just put on a show. Wait, did we mention he was fighting Joe Lauzon?
Yes, the all-time post-fight bonus earning leader, that Lauzon. No matter who takes the victory at UFC® 180, one thing is certain, this is one fight that you don't want to miss!
4. Missing History Just Isn't in the Books
This is the first event in UFC history to be hosted in Mexico, the historical importance cannot be overstated. For some fighters it will be a night of personal history in the making.
Velasquez, already one of the most winningest fighters in heavyweight history, has an opportunity to surpass some of the greatest heavyweights to earn a longer streak of title defenses. Additionally he can add to his already historic number of knockouts if Werdum gives him an opening.
Sanchez can set himself ahead of the pack with another Fight of the Night bonus, making him the all-time leader in that category, or Lauzon can add to his already incredible list of amazing fights.
5. It's Mexico...
..and there's a high percentage that you'll be freezing your butt off if you're at home come fight night. So what's stopping you from enjoying a pre-Thanksgiving celebration in sunny Mexico?
Also, Mexican fans have been rabid for a live UFC event, with UFC® 180 reportedly selling out in eight hours. (Of course, UFC VIP Experience has your access!) Who wouldn't want to be at this high energy, historical event?
Will we see you in Mexico next month?
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