UFC on Fox 11 Preview

ufc_on_fox11In Combat sports the heavyweight division has always been the division with the most glory as champions become sports legends. Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, and numbers more where always considered the best fighters in the world. They are considered some of the most exciting fighters as all of them have the ability to achieve the one thing that makes fans cheer more than anything. The Knockout is the most exciting part of combat sports and although MMA is a mix of great techniques with great submissions being appreciated by many fans the KO is the one thing that no fan can avoid getting excited about. The heavyweight division is full of fighters that have the power to earn the knockout and it can be as unpredictable as the KO. The UFC heavyweight division has never seen a fighter defend his belt more than twice and only three fighters have ever defending it twice. One of those fighters is the current heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez who is looking to find his next opponent after beating Junior Dos Santos and suffering a shoulder injury last year. The injury will keep him out of the octagon for a year and he will likely return in November to attempt to defend his belt for a third time. As Velasquez recovers from his injury he will keep a very close eye on the main event at UFC on Fox 11 as his potential opponents will face off in the octagon for the chance to fight for the title. Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum have worked their way into the position where they now have a chance to become the #1 contender. The winner of the fight will get the chance to end the reign of the fighter many consider to be the best heavyweight ever. It is a daunting task for the winner of the main event but both Browne and Werdum are willing to take that prize to achieve their dreams of becoming a heavyweight champion. Both fighters come into this fight on great runs that have pushed them into this situation and both will try to continue those runs. Fabricio Werdum comes into the fight as a returning member to the UFC after a promising run in 2008 that ended with a loss to eventual champion Junior Dos Santos. After that loss Werdum would find himself out of the UFC and beginning a climb back into the top promotion. Spending time in Strikeforce Werdum would produce a 3-2 record and would earn a spot back in the UFC after impressive performances, even in his losses. Werdum rturned to the UFC at UFC 143 and would earn a big win over Roy Nelson who was making his run at the heavyweight title before the loss. Since returning to the UFC Werdum has rattled off three straight wins and has ended his last two fights as he hopes to earn a shot at the title that he seemed to be headed towards in 2008. Meanwhile Travis Browne has spent a lot of time working through one of the UFC’s toughest division. In his 9 pro fights in the UFC Browne has amassed a 7-2 record knocking out some of the biggest names in the division. With his last three fights seeing first round Kos of Josh Barnett, Alistair Overeem, and Gabriel Gonzaga have made him a candidate to be the nest heavyweight champion. It is another classic matchup for the #1 contender spot as the hard-hitting Travis Browne takes on the BJJ black belt and world champion Werdum. There is no doubt that both fighters will be looking to take the fight in opposite ends as Werdum tries to take the fight to the ground and Browne will look to keep it standing. As always when both fighters start the fight they start standing and that means that Browne has the advantage immediately. The fact that Browne has the power to end a fight immediately and the ability to keep the fight standing means trouble for Werdum who will struggle to get the fight to the ground despite his ability. Browne will be able to keep this fight standing and will end this fight via KO in the second round earning a date with Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title.

Browne and Werdum are hoping that they can punch their ticket to become a major star in the division while two fighters who are already stars face off. The women’s division is still fairly new and the stars are just now being sorted out but two fighters would waste no time getting there. Liz Carmouche and Meisha Tate have quickly become major names in the UFC’s women’s division and both are looking to continue their time near the top of the division. Liz Carmouche would become a star from the very first women’s fight when she became the first woman to ever step into the octagon. That fight would see the relatively unknown Carmouche take on the face of the women’s division in Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. Everyone expected Rousey to easily beat Carmouche but that was not the plan for the challenger as she became the only fighter to come close to finishing the champion. Carmouche would lock in a face crank in the first round that seemed to be the end to s short UFC reign for Rousey but the champion would come out on top winning with an armbar later in the round. Meanwhile Meisha Tate was the star of Strikeforce and was brought into the UFC as Rousey’s biggest rival. Tate has shown plenty for herself to become a fan favorite in her exciting fights that tend to end early. Tate has also faced the champion and would also take Rousey into deeper waters than ever before. Where Carmouche became the only fighter to almost submit Rousey Tate became the first fighter to take her out of the first round before losing via armbar. Both Carmouche and Tate have put their names among the most elite in the division and they look to stay in that position when they face off. Both fighters are well-balanced, as most are in the women’s division, but Tate’s stand-up is better and Carmouche’s ground game is better as they will both look to take the fight to where they want it. Both fighters are also looking at a rematch for the women’s championship as they both sit in the top 10 and are hoping a win against another big star can put them on the fast track to another fight against Ronda Rousey.

 

Fight Card

Main Event:
Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum vs. Travis “Hapa” Browne (Sportsnet 360/FOX)

Main Card:
Meisha “Cupcake” Tate vs. Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche (Sportsnet 360/FOX)

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Edson “Junior” Barboza (Sportsnet 360/FOX)

Brad Tavares vs. Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (Sportsnet 360/FOX)

Undercard:
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Thiago “Pitbull” Alves vs. Seth “Polish Pistola” Baczynski (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal vs. Pat “Bam Bam” Healy (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Estevan “El Terrible” Payan vs. Alex “The Spartan” White (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Caio “Hellboy” Magalhaes vs. Luke Zachrich (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Jordan “Young Gun” Mein vs. Hernani Perpetuo (Sportsnet 360/Fox Sports 1)

Dustin Ortiz vs. Ray “The Tazmexican” Borg (UFC Fight Pass)

Mirsad Bektic vs. Chas “The Scrapper” Skelly (UFC Fight Pass)

Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis vs. Jack “The Outlaw” May (UFC Fight Pass)

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