UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez’s (13-1) recent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder has pushed back the promotion’s debut in Mexico.
The showing was originally scheduled to be sometime within the first half of 2014, but with Velasquez having to recover form a serious shoulder surgery, it will have to be pushed back further.
Velasquez was expected to defend his heavyweight title against Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1), but those plans have been derailed by his latest injury. Werdum has recently stated that he’s willing to wait for the champ to heal so they can duke it out in the octagon, but there’s no telling how long that will take. There have been rumors circulating that it’s likely he’ll end up facing the winner of Travis Browne (15-1-1) vs. Josh Barnett (33-6), but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Although this latest setback will slow down the UFC’s expansion into Mexico, it’s not likely that the promotion will completely give up on establishing a presence in the region.