UFC on FOX 11 Recap: Fabricio Werdum Dominates Travis Browne, Receives Title shot Against Cain Velasquez
UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando, FL was not only a fun fight-card for the fans, but also upsetting. Many had Travis Browne (one half of the main-event) coming out victorious due to his past dominance in the Heavyweight division — Many predicted wrong.
The preliminary fight-card was stacked, itself. Great match-ups that turned into exciting brawls. Thiago Alves would return to the octagon after a 2 year layoff, and defeat his opponent, Seth Baczynski. We also can’t forget the main-preliminary fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rafael dos Anjos. With Nurmagomedov’s professional MMA recorded yet to obtain a loss, that would only further motivate him to keep it unblemished in dominating dos Anjos throughout their 3 round battle.
Your first fight of the main-card was a freakishly big one (as far as size in the Middleweight division). Yoel Romero, Olympic silver medalist took on Brad Tavares.
Both moving up through the Middleweight rankings and fast, after this fight, it was only one who would continue their rise to the top.
Yoel Romero throughout the fight dominated with huge take downs, ground control and fast paced striking. In the end, with 78% strike accuracy and a total of 7 take downs, it was Romero who would come out victorious.
He took Tavares down with such force, this was how WIKI described Yoel Romero’s victory —
"THROWING AROUND BRUTALLY"
Just before the co-main event, we were gifted greatness in the form of Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza.
Early on in the fight, Barboza was looking to get the best of Cerrone. He showed greater speed, landed with more total strikes and even finished with a tap… Wait, what?
As the fight was nearing the end of round #1, Cerrone landed with a big jab, putting Barboza to the floor where ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone would follow up with the rear-naked choke, solidifying a submission victory.
Donald Cerrone says this is his run at the Lightweight gold - 5 years in them making.
Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche, your co-main event, and a close one at that.
Early in the fight, Carmouche was coming out strong, leading Tate to what looked to have been a 3rd consecutive, possible lose. As the fight went further through the remaining rounds, Tate snapped back to reality, displaying dominance over Carmouche.
Though in the end, it was a close fight, Miesha Tate was the one with her hand raised in victory.
Cain Velasquez vs. ?
Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne were set to main-event FOX’ 11t UFC event, also told that winner will receive a title shot against current Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.
Reading through journalist/media fight picks, most, if not all had Browne coming out the winner and earning his long awaited title shot. Many, if not all were very wrong and mistaken.
From round #1 to round #5, Werdum beat Browne in every aspect of the fight. He out struck Browne, did damage when on the ground and was also the first to take Browne down (without allowing his opponent), not once, but twice.
In the end, it was a 50-45 unanimous decision victory (besides one judge who had it 49-46) that would not only add another tough opponent beaten to Werdum’s resume, but also a title shot against Velasquez in what is rumored to take place in Mexico.