Fabricio Werdum faced the formidable Travis Browne on a stacked UFC on Fox card. The cue cards for Mike Goldberg gave a big checkmark to Browne in the striking arena, and to Werdum for grappling, but it was Werdum who took it to Browne on the feet in this barn-burner.
We’ve got the highlight reel below!
Browne tags Werdum with a left as Werdum ducks. Werdum is hurt, pulls a deep half guard and scoots out the back door . Browne gets up but finds himself being taken down for the first time in the UFC. Werdum lands in top half guard.
Werdum softens Browne up with strikes and arm triangle attempts from half guard. While Browne is distracted, Werdum is able to pass to side control.
Browne springs up but Werdum immediately jumps to his back. Browne is able to get up on his second try.
Werdum lands a kick to the stomach with a thud, Browne slaps his belly to say “Hit me again!” and Werdum obliges with a left hook right on target.
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Werdum lands a leg kick, he goes for a repeat but Browne catches it driving Werdum to the fence but thinks twice before bringing Verdum to the ground.
Browne puts his heel into Werdum’s face with a spinning kick, Werdum follows it up with a few strikes.
Werdum continues to land uppercuts, spinning back kicks and hooks hurting brown until the end of the round.
The round opens up with more crisp striking from Werdum
Werdum hits double leg with an outside leg reap. Browne tries to crawl away but Werdum keeps upper body control and gets one hook in near the fence
Werdum passes from half to side control with a tight head and arm control and begins to reign down strikes
From side control, Werdum steps over for arm bar. As Werdum pulls to separate Browne’s arm from his body, this gives him just enough space to spin and get up.
Browne is tired and labouring, while Werdum looks fresh landing crisp strikes
Werdum smacks Browne with spinning back fist and chases him down with combinations
Werdum makes it look like he’s practicing on a heavy bag
Another takedown by Werdum on the man who hadn’t been taken down prior to this match. Travis is hard to takedown with the double/single leg, but Werdum has been having some success by following up the double/single with an outside leg hook.
Spinning back fist by Werdum
Werdum makes Travis chase him for the majority of the round not wanting to jeopardize his lead.
Werdum goes for single, lets it go and follows up with strikes
Below is a lot of what round 4 looked like
Round 5 is a repeat of round 4 with Werdum taking down Browne early, keeping his distance, and captializing on Browne’s mistakes
Browne is finally able to land some strikes. 2 front kicks in a row.
Slo mo below with Werdum talking trash while kicking ass.
This was a surprisingly one sided battle but after sitting through a five round beat down, it’s not so surprising to see Werdum have his hand raised for the unanimous decision.
Is Cain Valasquez next on Werdum’s list?
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