The UFC was in Orlando Saturday night for UFC on FOX 11, live from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
The UFC on FOX 11 card would determine the number one contender to Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight title as Travis Browne (16-1-1) would fight Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) in the main event.
A women’s bantamweight fight between two former top contenders in Miesha Tate (13-5) and Liz Carmouche (9-4) served as the co-main event.
In the card’s opener, a middleweight bout between wrestling standout, Yoel Romero (7-1), and Brad Tavares (12-1).
A lightweight bout between Edson Barboza (13-1) and Donald Cerrone (22-6, 1 NC) also occupied the main card.
MAIN CARD (FOX) 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT:
Travis Browne (245.5) vs. Fabricio Werdum (232.5)
Round 1: Browne dropped Werdum and tried to finish. Browne almost did but Werdum survived and was able to get on top. Werdum worked for an arm-triangle with a patient Browne looking for a way out. Browne escaped and now wanted to land heavy shots as he came in. Werdum answered with strong punches of his own. They taunted each other and both men landed in a chaotic round 1.
Round 2: Another fun round. Werdum got Browne to the mat after a wild exchange on the feet. Werdum worked from side control and hit Browne to set up transitions and submissions. Werdum almost got a kimura but Browne escaped once more although when he got on his feet, he showed visible exhaustion. Werdum was now at an advantage on the feet.
Round 3: Werdum tried to finish in the third round. He hit Browne with a spinning leg kick. Werdum got up like an action movie and resume the brawl. Werdum slowed down but Browne wasn’t even there anymore. Werdum landed several standing knees. Werdum finished off the round with a leg kick, hard punch, and a head kick.
Round 4: Browne hadn’t regained much stamina in this one. After Werdum caught a low kick, the fight resumed with Werdum being the more accurate of the two. Browne was a bit more active late in the round but couldn’t turn the tide.
Round 5: Browne was moving again in the final round but wasn’t showing the urgency needed to finish a fight that he was losing badly. Werdum could now land when he wanted to. Browne’s offense shut off with Werdum able to land or coast until the end. Werdum backed away from a charging Browne to solidify a win.
Official Result: Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Liz Carmouche (135) vs. Miesha Tate (135.5)
Round 1: Tate was waiting to punch until she found an opening. She pulled several of her early shots. Carmouche gets double underhooks on Tate and gets a takedown against the cage. Carmouche held on to Tate from behind while Tate tried to use a kimura escape the hold but instead was thrown to the mat by Carmouche to end the round.
Round 2: Tate couldn’t get a takedown of her own but Carmouche still had the strength to do so. She brought Tate down twice but Tate got a guillotine on Carmoucche and used it to get some punches out and also to get control against the cage. Carmouche didn’t stay at a disadvantage long and reversed the clinch right before the bell.
Round 3: Tate was in control on the mat in the final round. She got Carmouche’s back and worked punches while she tried to sink in a choke. Tate had a rear-naked choke sunk in but Carmouche didn’t tap. Tate controlled the round until the closing bell to even up a close fight.
Official Result: Miesha Tate def. Liz Carmouche via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Edson Barboza (156) vs. Donald Cerrone (155.5)
Round 1: Cerrone was hurt with the first punch from Barboza. Cerrone was repeatedly lit up by Barboza from every angle. Cerrone landed a jab out of nowhere and grabbed Barboza around the neck with back control and submitted him within seconds for a huge comeback win for Cerrone after being dominated until then.
Official Result: Donald Cerrone def. Edson Barboza via Submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:15 of Round 1.
Yoel Romero (185.5) vs. Brad Tavares (185)
Round 1: Romero catches Tavares with a shot and gets a clean takedown. Romero proceeded to throw Tavares around with ease. Tavares broke with some punches but was taken right back down. Romero ended the round with an attempted kimura.
Round 2: Romero brought the fight to the ground whenever he felt but Tavares didn’t miss a beat whenever he had an opportunity. Romero waited to time his strokes when Tavares would advance and opened up a cut on the head of Tavares with an elbow. Romero just wouldn’t go away from Tavares. The bell sounded with Romero holding Tavares against the cage.
Round 3: Pressure was placed on Tavares from Romero as he did the first two rounds. Romero got one more takedown on Tavares to finish out the fight.
Official Result: Yoel Romero def. Brad Tavares via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)