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UFC announces full main card for UFC 180 in Mexico City

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Esther Lin

The main card for the UFC's Mexico City debut has taken shape.

Tuseday, the company announced the PPV portion of the Nov. 15 card underneath the main event of heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum. Kelvin Gastelum will meet Jake Ellenberger; Diego Sanchez squares off against Norman Parke; Ricardo Lamas faces Dennis Bermudez, and Erik Perez fights Marcus Brimage.

Gastelum (9-0) is a former TUF winner, taking the middleweight trophy at TUF 17. The 22-year-old out of Yuma, Ariz. most recently fought on June 28, where he defeated Nico Musoke via unanimous decision in Texas. The veteran Ellenberger (29-8), who already has 37 pro fights at age 29, looks to shake off losses to Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald.

Sanchez (25-7), the Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight winner, is coming off a highly controversial victory over Ross Pearson on June 7. Fighting in his hometown of Albuquerque, Sanchez got a split decision in a bout most felt Pearson won. Parke (20-2-1), of Bushmills, Northern Ireland, U.K., was the TUF: Smashes 1 lightweight winner. Parke is 4-0-1 in the UFC, with his most recent victory a second-round TKO of Naoyuki Kotani, his 16th finish out of his 20 wins.

Lamas (14-3), a Chicago native, has won five of his past six bouts, with the only loss in that stretch coming to featherweight champion Jose Aldo. He faces one of the sport's hottest fighters in Bermudez (14-3). The Long Islander has won seven in a row and finished Clay Guida last month in San Jose.

The 24-year old Perez (14-6), a Jackson's MMA fighter from Monterrey, Mexico, looks to regain his mojo at bantamweight after dropping two of his past three fights. Brimage (6-3) has dropped two in a row.