Werdum vs. Russow On Tap for UFC 147

March 9, 2012
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UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has been busy locking down the big boys lately. The most recent heavyweight fight he’s put together is Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow.

The two big men are expected to go head to head when the UFC returns to Brazil, likely in June. MMAWeekly.com confirmed the fight, first reported by MMAFighting, with independent sources.

Werdum (15-5-1) made his successful Octagon return at UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Roy Nelson.

He was 2-2 in his previous UFC stint, sent packing by current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. Werdum was 3-1 while fighting under the Strikeforce banner, losing only to then champion Alistair Overeem, but defeating former top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.

Russow (15-1) has been in the UFC for nearly three years, but has just four fights to his credit. Of course, he has won all four of those fights.

Having defeated John-Olav Einemo at UFC on Fox 2 in January, Russow will finally start stepping up the heavyweight ladder. Werdum will be a stern test for the Midwesterner, providing Russow an opportunity to launch himself into the ranks of title contender.

Anderson Silva is expected to defend his UFC middleweight title against Chael Sonnen in the main event when the promotion returns to Brazil, but thus far, a date and location have yet to be determined.

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  • Would have much rather seen Werdum vs. Mir.

  • julianmoran

    Yes, Werdum vs Mir is the fight that makes the most sence.
    Werdum deserves better then Mike Russow.

  • pooby

    A big opportunity for Russow. Kind of a shitty deal for Werdum. He gets to fight at home, but he’s fighting a guy most haven’t heard of. But Russow did have that awesome KO on Duffy after getting his head bashed for a couple rounds….

  • p3ezy

    they want the brazilians to have a clean sweep on their home ground. i can see no other reason for putting this match together. russow is going to get destroyed.

    • I wouldn’t write Russow off. Dude is as tough as they come and has the record to prove it.

  • Towers66

    Russow is a nightmare opponent for Werdum. He is tough as hell with KO power and good all around game. He isn’t well known (yet) and if Werdum beats him it won’t be a huge win. If Werdum loses to him it could be a really bad situation for Werdum and a great win for Russow. I believe Werdum will probably win this one though. His standup looked great in his last fight, his Jitz is excellent and I don’t think he’s got too much to worry about.

  • Russow is very impressive he got a chin, got pounded for 3 rounds against Todd Duffy and KO him in the last round. Yeah agreed he will be a nightmare for Werdum.

  • T Spoon

    Russow is tough as hell! His chin is much better than Werdum’s. Werdum does have some decent striking, but I think Werdum got to take this fight to the ground. If this fight stays standing Russow will land a nice KO!

  • rogerdoger

    IDK Russow is pretty lethargic, and Fabricio’s muay thai looked good against big country, i think werdum will be fast enough to stay away from russows power on the feet and get the sub on the ground.