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UFC on FOX 11: Werdum Batters Browne, Will Meet Velasquez in Mexico

(Fabricio Werdum: Nice guy before the fight, total son-of-a-bitch during the fight. / Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting)

UFC on FOX 11 is underway at the Amway Center in Orlando, headlined by a heavyweight bout between crafty Brazilian veteran Fabricio Werdum and bearded knockout machine Travis Browne. (Winner gets a free trip to Mexico!) Plus: Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza in a guaranteed barnburner at lightweight, and a compelling middeweight matchup between the streaking Brad Tavares and cannonball-like Cuban wrestler Yoel Romero. It’s stacked, free, and arranged for maximum entertainment value.*

Matt Saccaro has returned to handle round-by-round results for the FOX main card of “Werdum vs. Browne,” which you can find after the jump beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest updates, and shoot us your thoughts in the comments section or on twitter @cagepotatomma.

* Except for the Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche fight, which could be decent, I guess, but I still don’t see how it made the main card lineup over Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Rafael Dos Anjos. I mean, come on. Seriously? The ladies have a collective UFC record of 1-4. Meanwhile, Dos Anjos has won five straight, and Nurmy is 21-0 overall, not including unsanctioned youth fights against half-sedated bear cubs.

UFC on FOX 11 Preliminary Card Results:
- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Thiago Alves def. Seth Baczynski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jorge Masvidal def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Alex White def. Estevan Payan via TKO (punches)
- Caio Magalhaes def. Luke Zachrich via TKO (punches), 0:44 of round 1
- Jordan Mein def, Hernani Perpetuo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Dustin Ortiz def. Ray Borg via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Mirsad Bektic def. Chas Skelly via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
- Derrick Lewis def. Jack May via TKO (punches), 4:24 of round 1

Brad Tavares vs. Yoel Romero

Round 1: Tavares opens with a 1-2. The right hand connected. He misses two round kicks. Tavares attempts a hook and Romero ducks under. Both throw round kicks and collide legs. Romero feints a shot and misses a right hand. Romero throws the most inaccurate flying knee but follows it up with a huge flurry of punches which stun Tavares. Romero takes him down off the striking success. Tavares manages to get back to his feet though, but both guys are clinched. From the clinch, Romero hits a gorgeous throw and lands on top of Tavares in side control. Taveres gets up after a minute but Romero gets his back, and rides it for several minutes, all the while peppering Tavares’ thighs with knees. The two separate with a minute to go, and Taveres lands a good knee. Romero gets a late takedown. Tavares attempts a reversal and Romero tried to counter with a kimura, which amounted to nothing.

Round 2: Romero lands a takedown as soon as the round starts. Taveres powers out of the bottom in side control though. When the two return to their feet, Tavares lands a head kick and a right hand. Romero might be gassed here. Romero landed an elbow that opened a massive cut on Tavares’ temple. He’s pouring blood now. Thankfully, it’s on the side of his head and isn’t obscuring his vision. More inactivity. Romero throws another embarrassing flying knee. He clinches and goes for a double leg while he has Tavares against the cage. Tavares blocks the takedown and then attempts one of his own, which fails. They’re back on their feet, Romero tries a single leg but abandons it. They reset. Tavares rushes in and eats a right hand. They clinch again. 30 seconds to go in the round and lots of stalling against the cage. And the round is over.

Round 3: Tavares throws a right. Romero blocks it. Romero has some pretty severe butt sweat going on (or he crapped himself again). The two clinch briefly but separate and reset after less than a minute. The pace has slowed significantly. A few spurts of ineffective striking litter the rest of the round; not a whole lot to report. With 20 seconds left, Romero hits a beautiful throw. He’ll likely get the decision win.

Yoel Romero def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza

Round 1:

Barboza lands a right hand and a hurt Cerrone attempts a takedown. Barboza manages to separate and throws a massive left hook that missed. Barboza throws another huge right hand and misses by a hair. Cerrone throws a jab and eats a counter right. Barboza lands a leg kick. Barboza lands a good combo, ending with a left hook. He tries another leg kick but misses. Cerrone counters with his own, and then another. Barboza hits Cerrone with some big punches–a right hand, a hook, and then barely misses the uppercut. He throws a spinning back kick to Cerrone’s body but it doesn’t connect. Cerrone tries a head kick but it gets blocked. Barboza hits a stuff hook to the body and a leg kick. Cerrone hits Barboza with a jab that floors him. He takes his back and sinks in a rear naked choke, getting the tap. The fight was over that quick. Kind of a bummer.

Donald Cerrone def. Edson Barboza via submission (rear naked choke), 3:16 of round 1.

Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche

Round 1:

Carmouche misses a leg kick. Tate paws a jab. Carmouche lands a leg kick, and then a front kick. Tate counters another leg kick with an overhand right. Tate inches forwards with a knee and Carmouche clinches. She gets Tate’s legs and pulls her to the mat. Tate looks frustrated as Carmouche just sits on her legs, preventing her from wall-walking. Tate half-asses a guillotine but nothing comes of it. Not a whole lot of action here. Tate gets to her feet but Carmouche takes the back while standing. She lands a few knees to the thighs. Carmouche lands another double-leg and now they’re back in the exact same position as they were earlier. They return to their feet sooner now, but Carmouche stays on her back. This isn’t terribly exciting. Tate tries escaping with elbows to the forearm, then tries a kimura but gets thrown on her ass. A poor first round for her.

Round 2:

Tate hits a right hand, Carmouche lands a counter hook. Carmouche grabs a body lock on Tate and presses her against the fence. The rest of the round will probably stay here…and they do for the next few minutes. This round is looking like a clone of the first. Carmouche controlling Tate with wrestling, tying her legs up while she tries to wall walk. Some action emerges when Carmouche gets a little lazy and doesn’t guard her neck. Tate went for a guillotine. Rogan screamed “IT’S TIGHT” but Carmouche escaped and they literally reset to the position they were in for most of the round. Not terribly entertaining and not a good fight for Fox.

Round 3:

Tate comes out way more aggressive, landing several punches and scoring a takedown. She’s in side control, but Carmouche gets back to half guard without much of an issue. Tate gets Carmouche’s back as she attempts to escape. A rear naked choke attempt meets with failure. She tries a neck crank which also comes up short. Tate is landing some light ground and pound now. She starts to pour on ground and pound, Carmouche tries to stand but Tate flattens her out. Looks like she’s got the choke sunk in DEEP now, but by some miracle of toughness, Carmouche escapes. Fucking incredible. Tate goes for an arm, but abandons it and instead goes to side control. She gets up to her feet to land some ground and pound and the fight ends. Tate was given a decision win.

Miesha Tate def. Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum

Round 1:

Werdum lands a hook while Browne lands a leg kick. Browne throws a really big leg kick but misses bad. Browne grabs Werdum in a Muay Thai clinch and lands some nasty knees to the body. Browne nails Werdum with an overhand right that hurt him. Browne floors him with a right hand and is now landing loads of ground and pound. Werdum regains composure and sweeps Browne. He’s on top of him in half guard now. He briefly passes but Browne just shrugs him off and rises to his feet. The striking has slowed down a bit now, but it’s still plenty powerful. Each guy is just throwing one shot. Werdum lands a nice body kick. He rushes forwards and hits a hook to the body. Then he hits a 1-2 and atwo leg kicks. Browne grabs the second one but doesn’t capitalize on it. Browne hits a crazy back hook kick to the face but Werdum stays tall and lands some counter punches. They reset and Werdum hits a big upper cut that snaps Browne’s head back, then hits a spinning back kick to teh body. Werdum comes forwards and lands some a left, a right, and another left that has Browne stunned as the round ends.

Round 2:

Werdum throws a body kick but it hits the nuts, Browne elects to continue without the 5 minute recovery period. Werdum appears to be the fresher fighter. He’s landing leg kicks and body kicks. Then he lands an uppercut. He lands a takedown on Browne and is on his back but only has one hook in. Browne escape but is now on bottom in half guard. Werdum is putting loads of shoulder pressure on Browne as he attempts to pass, which he does. Browne has no answer for Werdum’s side control right now. Werdum is landing some light ground and pound. He’s targeting Browne’s arm now, he went for the Kimura but Browne escaped to his feet. Browne is exhausted, as indicated by some really lazy strikes; he’s super-wobbly and breathing heavy. Werdum nails a stiff jab with about 30 seconds left. Browne lands a hook, then a cross. Werdum misses a back kick but then clinches and hitsa knee to the body as the round ends.

Round 3:

Browne breathing very heavy. Werdum unleashes a nice combo on Browne that hurt him. Browne tries to rush forward but misses horribly. Werdum works his jab; he has much more energy in his strikes. Browne misses big with a right hand. Werdum lands a spinning back fist and then rushes forwards with some wild punches. He lands a 1-2 which Browne has no answer for. Werdum butt-scoots but then does a crazy jump thing back to his feet. This is too awesome. After that stunt he hits Browne with a round kick to the body and a flurry of punches. Browne rushes forwards after that, throwing wildly but connecting. Werdum Thai clinches but separates, and now starts landing loads of body punches followed up by a knee to the head. Werdum is pulling away by miles. He hits another knee. Werdum scores with another spinning back fist. Browne has absolutely nothing left in the tank at this point. Werdum hits another knee to the head and a left hand. He lands another kick to the body. This fight is very one-sided at this point. With ten seconds left Werdum lands an UNREAL combo–leg kick, hook to the head, and head kick all in a split second. Holy crap.

Round 4:

A double jab from Werdum snaps Browne’s head back. He’s pouring on leg kicks now too. Browne throws a labored jab that misses by a mile. Werdum counters with his own that land. After a lull that lasted a few minutes, Werdum comes forward with a double jab and a left hook that all find homes on Browne’s head. Browne lands a right hand and a kick to the balls. There’s a brief pause in the action. Werdum tries for a single leg but Browne pulls out of it. Werdum landed some follow-up punches off the failed single leg. A 1-2 from Werdum lands cleanly on Browne’s face. Browne keeps spamming right hands and head kicks which all don’t even come close to landing. The round ends without much else happening.

Round 5:

Werdum takes Browne down but he springs back to his feet immediately. Browne throws two front kicks. Werdum lands a millionth right hand; his striking is just so much more accurate and energetic. Werdum attempts another takedown but Browne manages to stuff this one. The fight is slowing down, but Werdum is landing intermittent jabs and crosses without much resistance from Browne. He lands a great body kick too. A double-jab, right hand combo lands huge for Werdum. Wow. Less than a minute now, and Browne has nothing while Werdum is zipping around like it’s still round 1. Incredible performance from Werdum, but Browne goes ape-shit with the last ten seconds and lands some nice strikes–an uppercut, a knee, and some others. Still, it’s too little, too late.

Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 50-45)

That’s the event, Potato Nation. It was fun! Carmouche-Tate wasn’t terribly exciting for the first two rounds, but overall the event was definitely solid.

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