A Look Back at UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt

UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt, held on November 15, 2014, at Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, was a night that mixed martial arts fans will not soon forget. The event was filled with thrilling fights, unexpected outcomes, and a new interim heavyweight champion.

The main event of the evening was a heavyweight clash between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt. The fight was originally supposed to feature Cain Velasquez defending his title against Werdum, but an injury forced Velasquez to withdraw. Mark Hunt stepped in on short notice to face Werdum for the interim title.

The fight started with Hunt knocking Werdum down in the first round, but Werdum managed to survive. In the second round, Werdum turned the tables with a flying knee that floored Hunt. Werdum followed up with punches, leading to a TKO victory and becoming the new interim heavyweight champion.

The co-main event featured Kelvin Gastelum and Jake Ellenberger in a welterweight bout. Gastelum managed to submit Ellenberger in the first round with a rear-naked choke, showcasing his grappling skills.

In the featherweight division, Ricardo Lamas faced Dennis Bermudez. Lamas ended Bermudez’s seven-fight winning streak with a first-round submission via a guillotine choke. This was a significant setback for Bermudez, but he remains one of the more intriguing prospects in the featherweight division.

The event also crowned two The Ultimate Fighter champions. In the featherweight division, Yair Rodríguez defeated Leonardo Morales via unanimous decision. In the bantamweight division, Alejandro Pérez defeated José Alberto Quiñonez, also via unanimous decision.

The event was a huge success, drawing a reported 21,000 fans and setting a gate record for the Mexico City Arena. The event was a reminder of the unpredictable nature of MMA, where a fight can end at any moment and underdogs can become champions.

In the aftermath of UFC 180, Fabricio Werdum solidified his spot as one of the top heavyweights in the world. His victory over Mark Hunt was a testament to his resilience and ability to adapt in the face of adversity. Despite being knocked down in the first round, Werdum was able to recover and secure a victory, proving that in the world of MMA, anything can happen.

UFC 180 was a landmark event for the UFC, marking its first foray into Mexico. The event showcased the global appeal of the sport and the passion of Mexican fans. It was a night of thrilling fights and memorable moments that will go down in the history of the UFC.

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