Contender Fabricio Werdum Outclasses Travis Browne in UFC on Fox 11

Fabricio Werdum beat Travis Browne at his own sport all night. |


Fabricio Werdum spent five rounds exposing the gulf between himself and Travis Browne Werdum dominated the bottom exchanges and carved up the Hawaiian with straight punches, knees and leg kicks, as he cemented his place because the No. 1 contender within the Ultimate Combating Championship heavy weight division with a clear-lower unanimous determination in theUFC on Fox 11 headliner on Saturday on the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

All three judges scored it for Werdum (18-5-1, 6-2 UFC): forty nine-46,50-45 and 50-forty five.

Browne’s transient glimmer of hope – he rang the Brazilian’s bell inthe first round – came and went. Werdum established hissuperiority on the ground and on the toes. His stiff jab turnedBrowne’s face into a bloody mess, as the two-time Abu Dhabi CombatClub Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist piledup the factors with perfectly executed striking combinationsthroughout the lopsided 25-minute encounter. The defeat brought anend to a three-battle profitable streak for Browne (16-2-1, 7-2-1UFC).

Having received his last 4 fights, Werdum figures to challenge UFCheavyweight champion CainVelasquez later this 12 months.

‘Cupcake’ Tate Outlasts Carmouche

Within the co-major event, former Strikeforce women’s bantam weight champion

Miesha Tate

overcame a sluggish start to choose up a unanimous resolution over

Liz Carmouche

. All three cage side judges scored it 29-28 for Tate(14-5, 1-2 UFC), who threw the brakes on a two-combat losing streak.

Carmouche (9-5, 1-3 UFC) saved Tate bottled up by means of the firstfive minutes, as she secured a number of takedowns and neutralized herin the clinch. “Cupcake” started to show the corner in round two,where she put her punches along with extra authority andcountered a pair of Carmouche takedowns with an tried standing guillotine choke.

Tate practically completed it in spherical three, as she moved into sidecontrol following a takedown, transitioned to Carmouche’s back andthreatened her with a rear-naked choke for a number of harrowing moments.

Cerrone Choke Submits Barboza



Cerrone pounced on Barboza.

Jackson-Wink MMA representative

Donald Cerrone

submitted former Ring of Fight champion

Edson Barboza

with a first-round rear-naked choke in a featured light weight conflict. Cerrone (23-6, 10-3 UFC) finished it three:15 into round one.

Barboza (13-2, 7-2 UFC) wobbled the “Cowboy” with a ringing righthand in the opening seconds and controlled the early exchanges withhis damaging kicks and hand speed, pairing precise energy punchingcombinations with kicks to the leg and body. Prosperity wasshort-lived for the Brazilian. Cerrone floored him with a left jab,jumped to his again and cinched the choke in a blink. Barboza had nochoice however to tap.

“I needed to stand and attempt to give the followers what they needed,”Cerrone stated. “I form of cur’d up and tried to take him down, and Iwas like, ‘What are you doing?’ That’s what I instructed myself.”

Palacio Halts Tavares Streak

High-impact takedowns and violent putting bursts carried AmericanTop Workforce’s

Yoel Romero Palacio

to an impressive unanimous determination over “TheUltimate Fighter” Season eleven semifinalist

Brad Tavares

in a middleweight showcase. Palacio (eight-1, 4-0 UFC)swept the scorecards by equivalent 30-27 marks.

Tavares (12-2, 7-2 UFC) had no answer for the 2000 Olympic silvermedalist’s potent combination of athleticism and approach. Palaciosnapped back the Hawaiian’s head with a straight left within the firstround, swarmed with punches in opposition to the cage and dumped Tavares onhis back with a swift double-leg takedown. From there, the fightwas his.

Palacio sliced open Tavares’ scalp with an beautiful standing elbowin the second spherical and scored with two more takedowns in thethird, closing out the victory with elbow-laden floor-and-pound.The loss halted a 5-struggle winning streak for Tavares.


Fabricio Werdum: I’m Going to Show Everyone That I’m Ready to Be Champion

Fabricio Werdum believes he has the strategy wanted to beatTravis Browne. |




turned the heavyweight divison’s No. 1 contender lastyear, he didn’t count on


being sidelined for much of 2014.

As soon as he realized that Velasquez would not be able to compete untilthe second half of the 12 months, Werdum as an alternative accepted a fightagainst rising heavyweight star TravisBrowne. The choice to just accept that combat, which is able to takeplace at UFC on Fox 11 on April 19, was not easy.

"It was a bit difficult decision, as a result of I had the chance tofight for the belt. However since CainVelasquez should go almost a yr without preventing,without getting into the Octagon because of shoulder surgical procedure – atfirst I assumed I would wait,” Werdum informed “I had ameeting with Dana White, he stated it wouldn't be good to attend, buteven so I was pondering of ready. Then I talked to RafaelCordeiro and with my whole crew and, come to think about it, wedecided to struggle as a result of it's too long [to attend].

“I am coming off a victory over [AntonioRodrigo Nogueira], but because we did ‘TUF: Brazil,’ it hasbeen a long time since I fought. I don't need to be combating once ayear; I believe the ideal can be two to a few fights per yr,” hecontinued. “So after much dialog, we determined. After one yearthe fans would say: 'Why is Werdum combating for the belt after ayear off?’ And with so many issues which may occur in 2014,imagine what number of heavyweights will not have [the identical opportunity]?After which swiftly I come out of nowhere, what was I waitingfor? It would not be proper. So I am going to do this fight withTravisBrowne to indicate as soon as once more that I'm prepared for the belt."

In preparing to face Browne, Werdum mentioned his camp will becompletely totally different than what it might have been had Velasquezremained healthy. Browne is coming off a 2013 in which he scoredknockout victories over GabrielGonzaga, AlistairOvereem and JoshBarnett.

"Cain is a guy who likes to rely on his wrestling. He is a goodstriker, but he likes to get to the floor and end the fightthere. Browne likes to keep things on the feet, so I do not see himtaking me down. I'll need to adapt the technique,” Werdumsaid. “I'm going to need to put him on the ground. In fact, Iwon't have the ability to avoid the standup, but I’ve been coaching withRafaelCordeiro for [nearly] seven years, so I am pretty confident inmy hanging.

I am not going to have that desperation that we saw in Barnett inthe last fight. I will take my time. The clinch will occur,so I'm not going to freak out, however I will observe a completelydifferent strategy,” he added. “However that is the strategy.”

Werdum is properly aware of the hazards that his new opponent mayoffer, particularly after Browne handily dispatched Barnett at UFC168.

"I don't know why Barnett went that approach; he had plenty of time.TravisBrowne knew he'd want to take him down, because Barnett is awrestler. Actually, he knocked Barnett out with the knee, the elbowswere simply to complete,” Werdum mentioned. “Barnett was already knocked outat that point, earlier than the elbowing. I can see clearly that TravisBrowne was already waiting for that moment; he skilled thatmove. When Barnett came in, he was going to make use of the knee to knockhim out. He fought very properly, however Barnett fought very badly. Hewent crazy, like a beginner, desperate to get a takedown. I thoughtBrowne hit on his technique and Barnett missed completely."

Vinicius Giglio contributed to this report

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Werdum-Browne, Tate-Carmouche Booked for UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando

Fabricio Werdum isn't waiting round for a UFC title shot. |


The UFC’s 11th event on Fox will feature a pair of prime-10heavyweights in a pivotal showdown.

The promotion Monday introduced that FabricioWerdum and TravisBrowne will square off at UFC on Fox11, with the winner “doubtless securing a heavyweight title shot.”The present will go down April 19 at Amway Middle in Orlando, Fla.,and also will include a women’s bantamweight tilt between formertitle challengers Miesha Tateand LizCarmouche.

Following a June submission victory over AntonioRogerio Nogueira, 36-year-old Werdum appeared to be headed fora shot at UFC champ CainVelasquez. With Velasquez on the mend from a December shouldersurgery, however, “Vai Cavalo” will take on Browne in a probabletitle eliminator.

Browne, 31, had a breakthrough year in 2013, notching threefirst-spherical knockouts towards top-tier heavyweights like AlistairOvereem and GabrielGonzaga. “Hapa” completed the yr with a 60-second stoppage ofJoshBarnett at UFC 168.

Tate has misplaced three of her last 4 bouts, together with a pair oflosses to prime-ranked feminine RondaRousey. Of their UFC 168 rematch, the 27-year-previous “Cupcake”lasted longer than any of Rousey’s opponent however ultimatelysuccumbed to a 3rd-spherical armbar.

Carmouche, 29, additionally fell victim to a Rousey armbar in theirFebruary 2013 assembly, but the former U.S. Marine Corps electricianbounced back with a July finish of JessicaAndrade. In November, Carmouche was dealt one other setback in athree-round determination loss to AlexisDavis.

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