On Saturday, April 19, the UFC hosted UFC on Fox 11: Werdum vs. Browne from the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

In the night’s main event, former Strikeforce combatant and world champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Fabricio Werdum battled towering Hawaiian Travis Browne for shot at the UFC heavyweight title. Werdum entered the contest riding a three-fight winning streak since his return to the promotion. The 36-year-old had been out of action since submitting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via armbar last June. Browne, meanwhile, also stepped into the Octagon riding the momentum of a three-fight winning streak, with all three wins coming via first-round stoppage.

The night’s co-main event featured former women’s bantamweight title challengers Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche. Tate was still searching for her first UFC win. The former Strikeforce champion was stopped by Cat Zingano in her promotional debut and then succumbed to a trademark Ronda Rousey armbar at UFC 168 in December. For Carmouche, she was looking to get back in the win column after dropping a decision to Alexis Davis in November. Like Tate, Carmouche also fell victim to a Rousey armbar in her promotional debut, but rebounded with a stoppage of Jessica Andrade in her second Octagon appearance.

The 13-fight event kicked off Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET with three bouts streaming on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. Six additional preliminary card bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, with the four-fight main card airing live on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.

Werdum cruises past Browne

Brazilian Fabricio Werdum used his striking, not his world-class ground game to pick apart Travis Browne and earn a title shot against current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Browne opened the fight with a head kick, but missed. The pair exchanged wildly as they clinched, but quickly separated. Browne hurt Werdum and chased him to the mat. Browne flurried, but Werdum recovered and scored with a big takedown. Werdum passed to side control and looked to take Browne’s back, but Browne returned to his feet. Browne fired a wheel kick, but missed and Werdum shook his head. The Brazilian fired one of his own before landing a big kick to the body of Browne. He followed with an uppercut and then scored with heavy shots against the fence. The bell saved Browne from further damage.

Werdum landed multiple leg kick to open the second round. Browne rushed forward and Werdum scored with a takedown. He quickly moved to Browne’s back with a single hook. Browne rolled to his half guard. Werdum passed to side control and dropped right hand after right hand. Werdum went for an armbar, but Browne escaped as the round closed.

The striking of Werdum continued to prevent Browne from mounting offense in round three. Werdum scored with combinations, backing Browne against the cage with a big knee. Browne covered up to avoid further damage which allowed Werdum to briefly take the fight to the mat. Browne labored through the round, absorbing strike after strike.

The pace slowed significantly in round four. Werdum was very patient with his attack, knowing he was ahead on the scorecards. He treated the round largely like a sparring session. The Brazilian looked for a takedown briefly, but transitioned to a combination. Browne threw a massive overhand right, but Werdum moved out of range as the round concluded.

The fifth and final frame began with a takedown from Werdum. Browne worked back to his feet and the heavyweights returned to trading single shots on the feet. Werdum landed his right hand at will during the final five minutes, blooding the face of the Hawaiian. Browne swung wild shots in the waning seconds of the fight, but it was too little, too late as Werdum earned the clear-cut decision.

Tate edges Carmouche

In a battle of former bantamweight title challengers, Miesha Tate edged out Liz Carmouche to take a hard-fought unanimous decision.

There was no glove touch as Carmouche came out looking to attack. She scored with her hands before closing the distance. Carmouche scored with a double-leg takedown along the cage, but was unable to do much with it. Tate stood, only to be taken down again. The fight returned to standing as Tate looked to attack Carmouche’s arm, but Carmouche defended and put Tate on her back one final time before the round ended.

Tate came out looking for a takedown in round two, but Carmouche defended well. Tate scored with a left hand, but Carmouche ducked under and scored another takedown. Tate looked to attack with a guillotine choke, but was forced to give it up along the fence. Carmouche scored with another takedown to close out the frame.

With the fight in the balance, Tate came out firing in the final frame. She scored with a right hand and took Carmouche to the ground for the first time. Tate worked from side control and rained shots. She moved to Carmouche’s back and worked hard for a rear-naked choke. Carmouche was able to defend, but the judges rewarded Tate for her efforts.

Cerrone submits Barboza

In a battle of lightweight striking specialists, it was the submission prowess of Donald Cerrone that led to the finish of Brazilian Edson Barboza.

Barboza opened the fight with a big right hand that stunned Cerrone and prompted a takedown attempt. Barboza brushed it off and the pair began to exchange combinations with their hands. Barboza scored with a spinning back kick, but Cerrone was unfazed. A short left from Cerrone rocked Barboza and before he could recover, Cerrone had taken his back and locked on a fight-finishing rear-naked choke.

Romero ragdolls Tavares

Cuban wrestling stalwart Yoel Romero remained unbeaten in the UFC, snapping the five-fight winning streak of fellow middleweight Brad Tavares with a one-sided decision victory.

Tavares scored with a straight right early in the fight, but Romero quickly closed the distance and scored with a left hand of his own. He flurried along the cage and put Tavares on his back. Tavares worked hard to get back to his feet, but Romero picked him up and slammed him to the mat. The Hawaiian again did his best to return to standing, but Romero ragdolled him to the canvas once more.

Romero opened round two with a takedown into side control. Tavares exploded back to his feet, but absorbed a big elbow from Romero that opened a cut on the left side of his head. Romero barreled in with a left hand and pressured Tavares against the fence. Tavares looked for a takedown of his own, but Romero used a kimura to reverse the position as the round closed.

The fight found the fence early in round three as Romero initiated the clinch and delivered short knees. Tavares fired off a series of kicks, but Romero avoided any damage. Romero scored with a left hand and then secured a powerful takedown.  The pace of the fight slowed in the waning minutes, but Romero closed out the fight with another big slam to secure the win.

Preliminary Card Summary

Rounding out the preliminary card, Dagestan’s Khabib Nurmagomedov stated his case for lightweight title shot, earning his sixth straight Octagon win by dominating Rafael dos Anjos. Nurmagomedov’s grappling was the story of the fight as the Brazilian dos Anjos was never able to get started. Nurmagomedov controlled the action from bell to bell, claiming the lopsided decision win.

After more than two years away from the cage, Brazilian welterweight Thiago Alves returned to action and used his kicks to chop down opponent Seth Baczynski. Alves came out firing with kicks, looking to halt Baczynski’s movement. Both fighters landed heavy punches, opening big cuts on Baczynski’s face and blooding the nose of Alves. It was the kicks of Alves that were the difference, as the American Top Team product landed at will throughout the fight and cruised to the decision win.

In a clash of former Strikeforce lightweights, Jorge Masvidal outworked Pat Healy to earn a unanimous decision. Masvidal’s speed advantage and striking prowess were the difference early in the fight, but it was his takedown defense that ultimately earned him the fight. Healy did his best to apply his grinding style along the fence, but Masvidal showcased great balance to keep the fight upright and land strikes.

Newcomer Alex White scored a violent, first-round TKO finish of Estevan Payan in their featherweight affair. White was the aggressor from the start, firing kicks at Payan. As Payan backpedaled, White delivered a big left that sent him crashing to the canvas. A series of follow-up rights put Payan out for good.

Caio Magalhaes earned his third straight Octagon win, demolishing Luke Zachrich in just 44 seconds. Magalhaes blitzed Zachrich from the opening bell, scoring with heavy hands and knees. A body shot sent Zachrich reeling and Magalhaes followed with a big flurry that finished the fight.

Canadian welterweight Jordan Mein returned from a long layoff and got back in the win column by spoiling the Octagon debut of Brazilian Hernani Perpetuo. Mein used his range and footwork to frustrate the Brazilian for the first two and a half rounds, but was dragged into a brawl in the waning minutes of the fight. Perpetuo landed heavy shots as he looked for the finish, but Mein survived and claimed the fight on the scorecards.

Flyweights Dustin Ortiz and Ray Borg put on a show in the final Fight Pass prelim, with Ortiz taking home a narrow, split decision win. The first round was filled with numerous scrambles, but Ortiz was able to score with his hands. Borg turned up the pressure in round two, frequently taking Ortiz’s back and threatening with submissions. In the final round, Ortiz opened up with his hands and that proved to the be the difference in the eyes of the judges.

Featherweight Mirsad Bektic kept his record unblemished and handed fellow promotional newcomer Chas Skelly his first defeat with a majority decision win. Bektic scored with heavy shots in the first round, but absorbed two illegal knees in round two. The referee took a point from Skelly, but surprisingly allowed the fight to continue. Bektic recovered and scored with powerful takedowns to take the win on the scorecards.

In a battle of debuting heavyweights, Derrick Lewis got the better of Jack May, scoring a first-round TKO. The pair traded takedowns and heavy punches throughout the bout, but Lewis poured it on late in opening stanza, battering May along the cage and prompting referee John McCarthy to halt the contest.

FULL RESULTS
Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Miesha Tate def. Liz Carmouche by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Donald Cerrone def. Edson Barboza by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:15
Yoel Romero def. Brad Tavares by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Thiago Alves def. Seth Baczynski by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jorge Masvidal def. Pat Healy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Alex White def. Estevan Payan by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:28
Caio Magalhaes def. Luke Zachrich by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:44
Jordan Mein def. Hernani Perpetuo by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Dustin Ortiz def. Ray Borg by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Mirsad Bektic def. Chas Skelly by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Derrick Lewis def. Jack May by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:23