Fabricio Werdum earned his shot against Heavyweight Chamption Cain Velasquez, but still, as good as he looked against Travis Browne, he will be yet another piece of future raw steak for Cain to pummel. Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to see Werdum the new Champion, but it's just not happening.
Fabricio Werdum defeats Travis Browne by five-round unanimous decision.
In the main event of UFC on Fox 11, Werdum looked fantastic, especially when you compare his performance against Junior Dos Santos years ago (the fight that initially got him cut from the UFC and headed straight into Strikeforce). His standup looked good, and he appeared to enjoy himself.
Travis Browne, on the other hand, looked by the second round that his beard had sapped all his energy away from him as he threw nothing but lumbering hay-makers and head kicks. If Greg Jackson's camp had watched tape on Werdum, they clearly did not anticipate how good "Vai Cavalo" had improved on his striking. "Don't let him take you down," Jackson might have said to Browne. "Cool, I'll just get punched 137 times in the fucking face instead!" Browne responds.
Meisha Tate defeats Liz Carmouche by decision.
I would be hard-pressed to say Meisha looked better than she did against Ronda Rousey, but she continues to make the same damn mistakes as before; she lands clean strikes, and then uselessly shoots in for a clinch or takedown that results in her being placed firmly on her ass. In the first round, she looked so relaxed I wouldn't be surprised her piss test comes back positive for extremely high levels of marijuana. Somehow she was able to come back strong in the third round and threaten Liz with a rear-naked jaw squeeze before apparently impressing the judges enough by managing to keep her tits from popping out of her too-small fight shirt to earn a decision victory.
Donald Cerrone defeats Edson Barboza by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round One.
Cerrone continues his quest to be the next Melvin Guillard/Kenny Florian by winning enough fights impressively before losing impressively when it matters most (title shots). Rushing in against Barboza nearly gets him knocked out before the annoying zooming-in sky cam can reach the cage to show us just what the fuck is going on. After absorbing body shots and strong kicks from Barboza, Cerrone flattens him with a jab around the three-minute mark, and quickly secures his fallen opponent's back and sinks a deep choke to make the man tap-out aggressively like he's trying to turn off a lamp with The Clapper.
I would like to see Cerrone put on another streak of wins like he did when he first came into the UFC, but he's got the Florian Syndrome, and I fear he will choke when (or if) he gets a title shot.
Yoel Romero looked impressive in his win over Brad Tavares. I was impressed with him enough to agree with Joe Rogan that a future matchup between him and Middleweight Chris Weidman would be very entertaining - if you're a wrestling fan (I am). But for now, the Olympic silver medalist will have to settle with probably getting to smash someone like Tim Boetsch or Michael Bisping before he gets close to taking home the UFC gold.
Kabib Nurgamaagmdadueovov (properly prounounced "Nurmagomedov", according to Sherdog) looked really explosive in his decision win over Rafael dos Anjos, and fights like he's on another level on par with guys like Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis and Benson "The Boredom House" Henderson. Give him a title shot already so the fanboys can shut the fuck up.
The true highlight tonight for me was the return of Thiago Alves who, after being away from the cage for over two years and after many surgeries, looked like he hasn't missed a single step. He emerged victorious and bloody in a decision victory over a more-bloody Seth Baczynski. Good to have him back, because I love telling people just how awesome his right leg kicks are and there is no current evidence (except for tonight) to prove it.
Overall, the fight card was good and much better (again) than both previous pay-per-views (UFC 170 & 171). I give it a solid: