When the UFC announces a Fox card, I get excited and anxious to see who is on the card and fighting on prime time television. For UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne, this is guaranteed not to disappoint — killer matchup between two big boys battling it out for a chance to take on UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
Werdum vs. Browne
Fabricio Werdum was originally slated to face Cain Velasquez months back — but due to a shoulder surgery following his fight with Junior Dos Santos, Velasquez was shelved to recover and Werdum was given the option to wait or fight.
He decided to step up and take on the dangerous Travis “Hapa” Browne, who is riding a three-fight win streak, knocking out all of his opponents.
I don’t know if this is good news for Werdum, who is a world class jiu-jitsu practitioner, but if he can’t get the fight on the ground, Browne will have the edge on the feet. When Josh Barnett and Gabriel Gonzaga tried to take Browne down, both men ate some nasty elbows, putting them out cold.
With Werdum’s wrestling not in the same ballpark as Barnett, he’s going to have to do something on his feet. I don’t think he can. Browne by TKO.
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Tate vs. Carmouche
We all know what bantamweights Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche have in common — both were submitted via armbar by champ Ronda Rousey (Tate twice) in the UFC, with Tate going 0-2 and Carmouche 1-3 in the promotion.
I’m not sure the women are on a short leash like the men of being cut, but I think this fight could go the distance. These two are extremely evenly matched, with Tate lasting a bit longer against Rousey. Tate by decision.
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There are good fights all across the board, with Donald Cerrone taking on Edson Barboza, Brad Tavares fighting Yoel Romero, and the return of Khabib Nurbagomedov, fighting Rafael dos Anjos.
Another fight of the night candidate is Jorge Masvidal and Pat Healy mixing it up, with Thiago Alves and Seth Baczynski on Fox Sports 1 as well.
A full lineup with some exciting fights and a heavyweight battle that should be fireworks!
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