The 11th take of UFC on Fox will be coming from Orlando, Florida and features a main card that carries all ranked fighters, headlined by a bout that will determine the next contender to attempt to relieve the UFC Heavyweight Belt from Cain Velasquez.
The opening bout on the Fox televised portion of the card features the Number 13 ranked Middleweight Brad Tavares (12-1) going against the guy who is voted to be one step behind him at number 14 Yoel Romero (7-1).
Romero entered the UFC and upon his debut won knockout of the night honors which gave Ultimate Fighting fans a taste of what Yoel is all about. The “Soldier of God” has proven to have weapons of mass destruction in his fists as he’s made a 5 year career winning all of his fights by KO, including 3 in the UFC, with his last victim being Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 35 via TKO in the 3rd.
TUF 11 alum, Brad Tavares will look to bob and weave the atomic bombs of Yoel as he tries to improve his current 5 fight winning streak, winning his last fight on the same card that Romero did at UFC Fight Night 35 via a Unanimous Decision nod at the expense of Strikeforce vet Lorenz Larkin.
In the next matchup “The Cowboy” will look to lasso a victory against Brazilian Bad Boy Edson Barboza in a fight between bonus check mongers.
The 8th ranked, Donald Cerrone (22-6) proud owner of 8 total post fight awards, 3 fight of the night’s, 2 submissions of the night and 3 knockout of the night’s where in his most recent he kicked the brains out of Adriano Martins in round 1 at UFC on Fox 10. Cerrone will attempt to continue wowing fans while showing off his versatility against the unpredictable 11th ranked, Edson Barboza (13-1) who also enjoys receiving fight bonuses.
The black belt in Muay thai and tae kwon doe, Barboza, has a collection of his own, 4 fight of the night awards and a knockout of the night award which also won knockout of the year in 2012 after a wheel kick ko of Terry Etim at UFC 142. His last fight he escaped a majority decision against Danny Castillo at UFC on Fox 9.
The Co-Main event plays host to two women looking to exact revenge on their careers and their arms after tasting Championship defeat from Rhonda Rousey and her signature armbar.
3rd ranked women’s bantamweight, Miesha Tate (13-5) will look to rebound after not tasting victory since 2012 against the 7th ranked “Girl-Rilla” Liz Caramouche (9-4) who recently dropped a bout to propel Alexis Davis into a title shot by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 31.
Who is most deserving of a rematch? Or in an alternate thought, who will welcome potential UFC signee and highly sought after free agent, Gina Carano to the Octagon if she reaches an agreement?
Then the main event to determine who will receive the next shot at the UFC Heavyweight Title.
The 2 time BJJ world champ, 2 time ADCC world champ, and Euro world champ, Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1), who also likes to collect black belts in BJJ, Judo and Muay Thai will look to lay the concrete to cement his legacy in the UFC against the brash young Titan, Travis Browne (16-1-1).
Werdum is on a 3 fight win streak after the demise of Strikeforce, he arrived for his second UFC stint and was able to avenge his Pride Critical Countdown Absolute loss to legend, personal idol, and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Rodrigo Nogueira via armbar in the 2nd at UFC on Fuel TV 10. The 2nd ranked HEavyweight in the UFC needs but one more win to receive the Title shot that has eluded him.
But unlike a sample at Costco. It won’t be a handout.
Flashback to October 5th 2012. UFC on FX 5. Browne vs Big Foot.
Travis “Hapa” Browne was floored and TKO’d by a resurgent Antonio Silva in the first round.
However in the ashes, a new Travis was born. Since the defeat Hapa has climbed the ladder and instead of passing rungs, he put the rungs to sleep in the first round. A knockout of the 11th ranked and former UFC Heavyweight Number 1 contender Gabriel Gonzaga at TUF 17, flooring and finishing former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and 6th ranked Alistair Overeem at UFN 26, and erasing depth perception and separating reality from 5th ranked former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Josh Barnett at UFC 168.
In what is being billed as “The Most Exciting Television Card in UFC History” we will go back to UFC day 1 where it is the striker vs the grappler, however the sport has evoled and the “grappler” has a Muay Thai black belt, and the “striker” trains under
“Jackson’s Submission Fighting”. It will be who is the better athlete now at UFC on Fox 11.