UFC on FOX 11 went down tonight from Orlando Florida at the Amway Center featuring four fights on the main card and 13 fights overall. The night was full of knockouts, submissions and decisions that will shakeup the rankings, and at least one fighter will be moving on to a title shot.
No. 2 Fabricio Werdum (18-5-1) defeats No. 3 Travis Brown (16-2-1) via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Heavyweights throwing wheel kicks now? That is correct. Heavyweights are throwing wheel kicks and lots of them. Apparently no one told Werdum that Browne had never been taken down before inside the Octagon, because he did it in round one, two, three, and five. Werdum also out struck Browne, as the Hawaiian was gassed midway through round two after the Brazilian made him expend loads of energy just to get up. Werdum taunted Browne throughout the fight after flurries. By the end of round three, Werdum had landed nearly 150 strikes and he set it into cruise control, winning decisively and earning a title shot for the UFC heavyweight championship against Cain Valasquez.
No. 3 Miesha Tate (14-5) defeats No. 7 Liz Carmouche (8-5) via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
The judging all night was suspect, and it remained so in this fight. Carmouche controlled Tate in rounds one and two by pinning Tate against the cage and wrestling her down to the ground. Although Carmouche controlled the first two rounds, she produced no offense, while Tate was trying to work a kimura. The third round was completely different. Tate dominated Carmouche and sunk a rear naked choke in that looked like it was going to end the bout. Instead, Carmouche hand fought her way out of the choke and survived to the horn. Some scored that round 10-8 for Tate, which would have left the fight a draw if Carmouche won the first two rounds, which many also believed. Instead, all three judges found that Tate had somehow won two rounds and gave her the unanimous decision and her first win inside the Octagon.
No. 8 Donald Cerrone (23-6) defeats No. 11 Edson Barboza (13-2) via submission (rear naked choke)
What was expected to be an exciting, yet short tilt turned out the way everyone thought. Barboza dominated the first round with lightning-quick punches and kicks, demonstrating his varied and dangerous arsenal. But while the Brazilian flashed technique, all Cowboy Cerrone needed was a jab. That is right, Cerrone rocked Barboza with a jab, knocked him down, and speedily took his back and slipped in a rear naked choke that resulted in Barboza tapping frantically on UFC on FOX 11.
No. 14 Yoel Romero (8-1) defeats No. 13 Brad Tavares (12-3) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Romero was a monster, flipping Tavares around at will, demonstrating incredible Olympic power. Tavares did absolutely everything he could to shake Romero off of him, and did so many times only to be taken down again and again. Romero scored seven takedowns overall, and looked spectacular. Some boos were heard from the crowd, but that was only because Romero demonstrated such imposing control.
Other notable decisions consisted of the return of Thiago Alves to the Octagon and fighting form, as he scored a unanimous decision in a tremendous war with Seth Baczynski, and the domination of Rafael dos Anjos by Khabib Nurmagomedov, who just looks amazing in the lightweight division. The action continues in the UFC next weekend, as Jon Jones fights Glover Texeira, the result determining who will become or remain the UFC light heavyweight champ.
Commentary By Matt Stinson