‘UFC on Fox 11’ Main Event is pretty damn good…why is no one talking about it?

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion

browneUFC on Fox 11 is tomorrow night and it seems like a lot of people are actually shrugging off this event for some reason. I suppose it’s slightly less attractive to have a non-title fight as the main event on Fox; but the importance of the fight—and entertainment possibility—far outweighs the usual Ben Henderson fight, in my eyes.

A crucial fight in the heavyweight division, Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne is one of those fights where it’s hard to picture a loser. Both fighters are red hot, which should make it a must watch for everyone. Werdum is 3-0 since returning to the UFC and is showing a much improved striking game of late. We already knew his ground game was among the best in the world at any weight class and the added dimension to his game makes him a beast.

Likewise Browne is on a 3 fight streak. Honestly, his streak is even more impressive. He’s scored 1st round KOs of Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett—which almost makes Werdum’s trio of Roy Nelson, Mike Russow and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira look ordinary. One thing that Browne offers that NONE of Werdum’s recent victims brought is incredible athleticism and mobility to go along with heavyweight power.

It’s difficult to imagine Werdum throwing a more devastating striking attack at Browne than what Overeem unleashed on him. And no one is savvier than Barnett and Gonzaga. If you’re looking at strength of competition and recent accomplishments, you’d have to give the nod to Browne.

Another factor is that Werdum has been on the sidelines for nearly a full year waiting for champion Cain Velasquez to give him the title shot he earned. With Cain rehabbing a labrum (whatever that is) injury, Werdum agreed to fight “Hapa.”

In my circle, this Fox event is getting shoved to the side—not quite being dismissed completely, but not getting the respect it deserves. I can’t imagine this fight alone not being of major interest to fans everywhere. The winner gets Cain next and if Browne wins yet again against top competition, we could be witnessing a true superstar in the making right before our eyes. Remember it was just years ago, Browne was fighting Chad Griggs in a prelim fight. His next one could be for the world championship.


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