Fabricio Werdum earned a UFC heavyweight title shot with a dominating win over Travis Browne Saturday night in the main event of UFC on Fox 11 card. Scores were 49-46 and 50-45 (twice) in favor of the Brazilian.
Werdum tagged Browne over and over for five rounds, though the Hawaiian hung tough and heard the final horn. From the start, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert landed the cleaner and more frequent strikes on the feet, scoring to the head, body and legs with punches and kicks.
Werdum also managed to take Browne down three times throughout the fight, the first times the resilient slugger has ever been taken down in his UFC career. Werdum added insult to injury as he taunted Browne repeatedly in between landing big strike combinations.
For his part, Browne started the taunting when he made light of the first big body kick that Werdum would score in the fight. Browne also refused to quit, even when he was dazed and slowed by the accumulation of strikes absorbed, and landed one of his best combinations of the fight in the closing seconds of the fifth.
With the win Werdum has now won four straight and likely earned a chance to challenge Velasquez at a future event, expected to be held in Mexico. Browne's loss snapped a three fight win-streak.