The UFC on FOX has been a tremendous success so far. We’re now a couple years in, and it’s still remarkable that UFC puts such great quality fights on free television. UFC on FOX 11 on Saturday night in Orlando was no different. Fans were treated to four quality main card fights, with plenty of action to satisfy both casual and hardcore fans.
Yoel Romero kicked off the main card bouts with an impressive victory over Brad Tavares. The Olympic silver medalist connected on 7 out of 12 takedown attempts and landed 63 of 81 strikes on his way to a unanimous decision.
The second main card bout showcased a couple of amazing strikers in Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza. The possibility of a knockout was strong in this one, but it ended with Barboza tapping out to a rear naked choke after Cerrone caught him with a stiff left hand. This strike/submission combo would prove to be the show-stealing moment of the night:
In the co-main event of the evening, UFC’s second most popular woman was on display. Miesha Tate entered the octagon with the Orlando crowd strongly behind her against Liz Carmouche. After a sluggish first round, Tate got it together and dominated the fight in the end. Carmouche nearly submitted as the third round was winding down, but she escaped to force a judges’ decision, which ended up being unanimous in favor of Tate.
UFC on FOX 11’s main event pitted Travis Browne against Fabricio Werdum, with the winner earning a fight against the heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.
Werdum started off the first round in trouble, but then rallied to make history. After withstanding a flurry of punches, he manged to become the first man in UFC to ever take Browne down. As it turned out, there were many more takedowns to follow.
It was clear from the midway point in the second round that Browne was starting to get tired. After a couple minutes of being on the ground he got up and looked like he was in slow motion. He tried to act tough, but it was very clear that he was gassed.
From the third round on, it was nearly all Werdum. He bloodied the favored Hawaiian and basically had his way with him.
Browne did rally a bit near the end of the fourth round to make things somewhat interesting. He seemed to catch his second wind after the fight was stopped because of a low-ish blow to Werdum.
But in the end, the main event was all about the man from Brazil. He tagged Browne in the head time and time again, and ultimately proved the oddsmakers wrong.
UFC on FOX was a great event. All four main card fights were entertaining and fans no doubt turned away with smiles on their faces. When we look back, it will be an event all about the choke out by Cerrone, and the dominance of Browne by Werdum.