UFC on FOX 11 Results: Fabricio Werdum, Every Bit the No. 1 Contender, Dominates Travis Browne

April 19, 2014
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Fabricio WerdumFabricio Werdum had once been promised a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, but once Velasquez was sidelined with an injury, Werdum had to decide whether to sit out and wait or keep busy.

He opted for the latter, stepping into the Octagon opposite rising star Travis Browne in the UFC on FOX 11 main event on Saturday night at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

Browne was swinging for the fences from the opening bell, but Werdum showed strong counters. Browne landed a few punches that sent Werdum to the mat, but the Brazilian recovered and took Browne down, putting him in trouble early.

As the opening stanza wore on, Browne kept swinging big, but it was Werdum that was doing the better work in the stand-up game, landing a thunderous kick to the Browne’s ribs, and landing well with his punches, hurting him in the waning seconds.

Werdum picked up in round two where he left off in round one, landing several kicks and punch combinations, taking Browne out of his game and again getting him to the mat. Werdum quickly moved to side control where he chipped away with punches, elbows, and hammerfists.

Werdum gave up position to attempt a Kimura and Browne deftly used the opportunity to regain his feet in the final minute, which he used primarily for recovery.

Opening the third round, Werdum seemed to lose almost all respect for Browne’s power, opening the stanza with a flurry of punches, continually pressuring him and landing punch combinations. Werdum was pushed to the ground a couple minutes in, but he got up and smiled, rushing at Browne with more punches and kicks, again backing the bigger man to the fence.

Browne clinched on the fence, but Werdum turned him and unloaded with a blizzard of knees and punches. The stand-up game was supposed to be Browne’s world, but midway through the bout Werdum had masterfully executed a coup, taking ownership of every facet of the fight. He employed his jab with newfound authority, and blended a wider variety of strikes with an aggressiveness we’ve never seen from him before.

Browne landed the occasional blow, but with none of the fire he showed in knocking out Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem, and Josh Barnett in succession.

The fight nearing an end, Werdum played it a little safer in the final few minutes. But there was no doubt that he dominated from bell to bell, earning a unanimous decision victory, looking every bit the No. 1 contender for the UFC heavyweight championship.

Having defeated Browne, Werdum should next set foot in the Octagon to challenge recovering titleholder Cain Velasquez for the belt later this year in Mexico.

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  • uncle

    Werdum is a damn beast

  • Marwan Be

    you make my day Fabricio Werdum u kick him so hard yessss finaly my dream comes true u will fight Caín Velásquez u will stop him

  • Baller31

    Werdum looked great! Still, he’s no match for Cain or Dos Santos

  • Kenny Powers

    Werdum looked incredible tonight. He’s a completely different fighter with his striking now. I still give Cain the advantage, but it will be interesting to see what his game plan is for Fabricio. Will he take him down and risk the ground game, or stand and trade, cuz it doesn’t look like Werdum will have a problem standing with Cain.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Something was wrong with Browne. He had zero movement and was gassed by the 4 minute mark of round 1. Werdum did not look great, he just had a punching bag standing in front of him. Cain will finish him in the first round.

    I guess I have to shave my beard now… damn.

    • Texas beast.

      Beards are the new tribals. Browne didn’t compose himself for a 5 round fight.

      • TheCerealKiller

        Tribals made you a permanent douche canoe though.

    • jose

      Browne looked the same when fought Overeem only difference was he caught him

  • Arxangel1

    Nothing was wrong with Browne. He is a one-round fighter. That way he doesn’t have to train very much and can just swing for the fences. When swinging for the fences doesn’t work, he just gives up.