Nov 16, 2014 12:17 AM
Brazilian Werdum beats Hunt in UFC 180
The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY (AP) Fabricio Werdum won the interim heavyweight title when he stopped Mark Hunt in the second round on Saturday night at UFC 180.
Werdum (19-5-1) got off to a slow start, but hit Hunt with a right knee to the face to secure the win in the UFC's debut in Mexico.
The event was supposed to be a showcase for Cain Velasquez, the Mexican-American champion who has a strong following in Mexico. Instead, the oft-injured Velasquez hurt his right knee and dropped out of his bout against Werdum last month, sending the UFC scrambling for something to show the 21,000 fans who sold out the Arena Cuidad de Mexico in eight hours.
Hunt (10-9-1), a 40-year-old Australian brawler with a history of thrilling fights, stepped in, but was unable to keep up with his Brazilian opponent.