Round 1: Browne takes the center of the cage. Werdum lands a right hand and Browne answers with an outside leg kick. Browne misses with a high kick. Werdum lands a right hand. Browne clinches and delivers knees to the body. They separate. Browne lands a front kick to the body. Werdum slips. He swoops in and lands hammer fists. Werdum covers and gets to his feet and takes Browne down. It’s the first time Browne has ever been taken down. Werdum works from the half guard position. Werdum lands left hands. Browne gets to his feet and they’re back standing and at distance. Browne misses with a huge uppercut. Werdum lands his jab. They exchange leg kicks. Werdum delivers a big kick to the body. He lands a left hook. Werdum lands a leg kick. They taunt each other. Browne partially lands a heel kick. Werdum moves in with an uppercut that snaps Browne’s head back. Werdum lands a kick tothe body. Werdum unloads a right hand that wobbles Browne. He lands another. Browne fires back. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Werdum.
Round 2: Werdum lands an accidental kick to the groin. The fight is quickly restarted. Werdum lands a leg kick. He lands an inside leg kick. Werdum changes levels and takes Browne down. He works to take the Hawaiian’s back. He looks for a neck crank. Browne turns into him and Werdum works from the half guard position. Werdum passes Browne’s guard into side control. He lands a left hand. Werdum has time to work at the midway mark in the round. He peppers Browne with short left hands. Werdum steps over and works to isolate an arm. Browne scrambles to his feet. Werdum lands a right hand on the break. Browne goes to the body with a left hand. Browne looks fatigued. He misses with a right hand. Browne inches forward. Werdum meets him with a stiff jab. Browne lands a right hand. Werdum delivers a knee to the body at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Werdum.
Round 3: Werdum lands a leg kick. Werdum presses forward with a combination followed by a kick to the body. Werdum is beating Browne up standing. Browne missing with a winging right hand. Werdum lands a spinning back fist. Werdum steps in with a right hand. Werdum goes to his back after a kick. He leaps back up and lands a right hand. Werdum closes the distance. Browne glances a right hand off his jaw and Werdum presses Browne against the cage. They separate. Browne plows forward. He lands a right hand. Werdum lands a knee and unloads big shots. He goes to the body with a right hook and then delivers knees to the body. Werdum works to take Browne down. Browne defends the attempt. Browne misses with a big uppercut. Werdum lands another spinning back fist. Browne’s arms are heavy. Werdum leaps in with a knee. Browne’s hands are down. Werdum delivers a kick to the body. Werdum says something to Browne and unloads a combination. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Werdum.
Round 4: Werdum doubles up on his jab, snapping Browne’s head back. Browne misses with a left hand. Werdum hits him with two more jabs and circles. Werdum is landing his jab at will. Browne is a stationary target standing right in front of Werdum. Werdum steps in with a big right hand. Browne misses with a lazy left. Werdum delivers a kick to the body. Browne lands a right hand followed by an accidental kick to the groin. Werdum is given time to recover. Browne is breathing heavy. Werdum says he’s ready to go after a few seconds and the fight is restarted. Browne moving better now. He lands a right hand. Werdum looks for a takedown, but Browne stuffs it. Werdum lands an uppercut. Browne moves in and Werdum hits him with a combination. Browne lands a right hand over the top. He misses with a high kick. Werdum goes back to landing his jab. Browne inches forward and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Werdum.
Round 5: Werdum quickly takes Werdum down to start the final round. Browne gets to his feet and pushes Werdum away. Browne lands a front kick to the body. Werdum lands his jab. Werdum steps into the pocket with two straight right hands. Browne lands a hard outside leg kick. Werdum looks to get the fight to the ground, but Browne stuffs the attempt. Werdum doubles up on his jab and brings a right hand behind it. Werdum lands a hard right hand. And another one. Two minutes remain in the fight. Browne looks at the clock. Werdum kicks him in the body. Browne changes his stance and fires off two high kicks that are blocked. Browne pressing forward. Werdum tags Browne with a right hand. Browne leaps in with a left hand. Browne attempts a wheel kick but Werdum saw it coming and got out of the way. Browne moves in and Werdum lands a right hand. Werdum lands a left and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Werdum. It was a one-sided fight.
The judges scored the fight for Werdum by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 49-46, 50-45 and 50-45.
“This was the best fight of my career. I trained so hard for this one. I worked hard on every part of my game. Boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, everything. I knew how good Travis was and I wanted to show everyone that I’m ready for the title shot.
“I’m looking forward to fighting Cain Velasquez. That championship means everything in this sport and I’m excited to have the opportunity to show that I can win the title.”