Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum are sitting pretty in the UFC‘s heavyweight division. Browne is coming off a massive win over Alistair Overeem and a KO victory over Gabriel Gonzaga. Werdum is on a three-fight win streak with impressive wins over Roy Nelson, Mike Russow and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Basically, the two are on a collision course in the division and it makes sense for these two big men to step into the cage late this year and decide who the no. 1 contender for the UFC title is. With Daniel Cormier eyeing a shot at the 205-pound weight class, he is sort of on the backburner of getting a crack at the belt right now. So all that is left is for Werdum and Browne to duke it out for a shot at gold.
If these two fight, it will come down to a striker vs. grappler situation. Werdum has a pretty solid striking game that is creative and aggressive. A big thing with Werdum is he comes at you in waves. He’s calm, and then pounces at you with a flurry of shots out of nowhere. That said, Browne will definitely have an edge on the feet with his powerful strikes. He has big punching power, knees, elbows and as seen in his last fight, he also has a solid front kick to the face.
But if this fight goes to the ground, Browne could be in some serious trouble. Werdum is a fighter who can drown top-level blackbelts on the ground, and has such a deep understanding and application of jiu-jitsu that he’s the overwhelming favorite for best BJJ fighter in MMA at heavyweight.
So this fight would be a close one, but would lean towards Browne because his takedown defense and powerful striking. If I had to make a projection of how the heavyweight division pans out in next the few months, I would guess that Cain Velasquez will off a win over Junior Dos Santos in October, Browne and Werdum will battle late this year for a no. 1 contender slot, and Cain and Browne will fight for the belt in the first quarter of 2014.