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UFC on FOX 11: Werdum earns his shot at the title

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(image via ZUffa, LLC / article by Adam LeBarr)

 

 UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando, FL was not only a fun fight-card for the fans, but also somewhat shocking. Many had Travis Browne coming out victorious due to his past dominance in the Heavyweight division…many predicted it wrong.
 

 The preliminary fight-card was stacked. Great match-ups that turned into exciting brawls and delivered a solid card for the UFC’s 11th outing on Fox. Thiago Alves would return to the octagon after a 2 year layoff to defeat his opponent Seth Baczynski. We also can't forget the main-preliminary fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rafael dos Anjos. Nurmagomedov's professional MMA record improved to an even more impressive 22-0 as he dominated dos Anjos in their 3 round battle. 

 
 The first fight of the main-card was a freakishly big one (as far as size in the Middleweight division). Yoel Romero, Cuban Olympic silver medalist took on Brad Tavares.

 Romero dominated the fight with huge take downs, ground control and fast paced striking. In the end, with 78% strike accuracy and a total of 7 take downs, it was Romero who would come out victorious and looked like a very formidable force to be reckoned with in the UFC’s middleweight division.

 
Just before the co-main event, we were treated to some brilliance in the form of Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza.

 
 Early on in the fight, Barboza was getting the best of Cerrone. He looked every bit the favorite as he showed greater speed, landed with more total strikes from the opening exchange.

It all changed in an instant.  

 As the fight was nearing the end of round #1, Cerrone landed with a big jab, putting Barboza to the floor which 'Cowboy' would quickly exploit to take his back and sink in a rear-naked choke, solidifying a submission victory.

 
 Donald Cerrone says this is his run at the Lightweight gold - 5 years in the making.

 
The co-main event featured Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche in a very close fight.

 
 Early in the fight, Carmouche was coming out strong, looking like she was going to dominate and force Tate to her 3rd loss in a row. As the fight went into the third frame Tate sprang back to life and started a furious comeback, coming close to finishing the USMC veteran via rear naked choke. While the very tough Carmouche would not tap, it was enough to secure the victory for Tate.

 Cain Velasquez vs. Werdum?
 
 Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne were set to main-event FOX’s 11th UFC event, also told that winner will receive a title shot against current Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.

 
 Most journalist/media fight picks had Browne as a heavy favorite and expected him to come out the winner. Good thing Fabricio Werdum never bought into the pre fight hype.

 
 From round #1 to round #5, Werdum beat Browne in every aspect of the fight. He out struck Browne, did damage when on the ground and was also the first to take Browne down not once, but twice.

 
 In the end, it was a 50-45 unanimous decision victory (besides one judge who had it 49-46) that would add another dangerous opponent to Werdum's list of victims. Up next for the ever improving Brazilian, is a shot at the UFC heavyweight title. The only problem is, there is a very fearsome man named Cain Velasquez who has no plans to give up his belt anytime soon.

 

Full fight card after the jump.

 

UFC on Fox Preview: Werdum vs Browne

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(article by Adam LeBarr/ poster via: NixsonMMAPosters)  

 

November 12, 2011, the deal with Zuffa and FOX would finally come to life by having their first live UFC event, Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, and it was nothing but a huge success. Just years later, FOX is set to host UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando, FL, this Saturday, April 19th. 

 Generally, FOX fight-cards are stacked and this weekend we're far from being let down. Not only are there big fights, but the main-event was requested by FOX to headline the card. Dana White and the rest of the organization couldn't refuse.  

 

 The Lightweight division is stacked with exciting, fast-paced fighters and just before the co-main event, we're presented possibly one of the best Lightweight match-ups we've seen in awhile. Ranked #9 in the division, Donald Cerrone takes on Edson Barboza who is ranked just outside of the top 10. Barboza will be looking to push himself into the top 10 Lightweight pool of talent. 

 

 If you've ever witnessed a Cerrone or Barboza fight, you have already predicted this fight is going to be outstanding. Both are known for great striking abilities and the speed their able to maintain inside the octagon. Both are currently riding on win streaks and look to further their resume, searching for the top spot in the division.  

 Remember Edson Barboza's spinning-back-kick on Terry Etim? How about Donald Cerrone's most recent victory over Adriano Martins? Both ended in deviating fashion and you can expect fireworks like that this Saturday.

 

 Just a couple of years back, Dana White was telling TMZ and other reporters that women would never be in the UFC. Remember that? Well, this weekend we've got a big fight in the women's Bantamweight division (taking place inside the octagon(inside the UFC)). Most can also argue, the women's division is one of the most exiting, and action packed divisions the octagon maintains. 

 

 Miesha Tate, who is ranked #3 takes on Liz Carmouche, ranked #7 inside the co-main event of the evening. 

 

 This fight is one of those possible "make-or-break" fights. Both are riding losses and are in desperate need of a big victory. You can bet your a** both are going to come out like raging bulls, looking to get their hand raised. Tate and Carmouche have both been victims of champion, Ronda Rousey, but a victory for either Tate or Carmouche puts them back into championship conversation. 

 

 Your main-event of the evening (the fight FOX asked the UFC for), is Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum - Dana White has already confirmed that winner of this fight is going to Mexico to take on Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez. 

 

 Both Browne and Werdum are riding impressive win streaks (3), one of the highest in the Heavyweight division, right behind the champ, Velasquez (4). Whoever grabs hold of the 4th victory is guaranteed a shot at the gold.

 

 With Browne entering the UFC looking somewhat out of shape and Werdum let go from the UFC just a few years back, they've become completely different fighters in making it to the position their in. Travis Browne as we know will be looking for that big knockout finish, Fabricio Werdum has his eyes set on the limbs of Browne, in search of a submission victory. 

 

 Saturday, April 19th, Cain Velasquez receives a new opponent. We can't wait to see who it will be!  

 

Full fight card after the jump. For complete card info be sure to check out UFC.com

 

Model Spotlight: Hope Alexa

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(photos by Ryan Astamendi- www.ryanastamendi.com)

 

 

Meet Hope Alexa, a beautiful blonde multi-tasking fitness model who seems to have her goals set on big things. Currently on the roster for Gamma Labs as one of their sponsored athletes she hopes to do her part to inspire others to take their journey to a healthy and active lifestyle. Between her spokesmodel and fitness work, designing her own clothing line and training to keep her body on point, she also finds time to be a loving mom, cook some amazing meals,  and is always trying new things to keep her active lifestyle going. In other words, this is one bad chick who we will most likely be seeing a lot more of in the near future. We managed to catch up with her for an interview and she was kind enough to share some of her pics with us. Be sure to check out more of Hope online on her official website, twitter, and instagram.

Check out one of her video here and join us after the jump for more Hope!

 

UFC Fight Night Abu Dhabi Preview

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(image via Zuffa LLC/article by Adam LeBarr)

 

 

It feels like months since the last UFC event took place (for us at least). Friday, April 11th, we the fans are treated to a Heavyweight main-event that couple possibly give the loser a one way ticket out of the organization. Nothing is for sure, but before we go in-depth with the main-event, lets take you over to the Featherweight division for Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri --

 In your co-main event of the evening, Clay Guida, ranked #9 in the Featherweight division will take on former Pride, ONE FC, Dream, Strikeforce and now current UFC competitor, Tatsuya Kawajiri.

 With some previous poor performances by Guida, this Friday (2pm EST), he'll look to make a statement in taking on Kawajiri. Though Guida is an insane ball of energy and a difficult opponent for anyone to keep up with, Kawajiri isn't going to let up or give the "W' that easily.

 Kawajiri has great wrestling, as well as submission and if anyone's going to take control of Guida and pose a huge threat, it just might be the newcomer, Tatsuya.

 Clay Guida's currently 1-4 in his last 5 fights, 1-1 in the Featherweight division. His last 5 bout don't look very impressive, but with a win this Friday, it's certainly putting him (Clay Guida) on the right path.

 For your main-event of the evening, we have heavy hitter, Roy Nelson taking on MMA legend and jiu-jitsu specialist, 'Minotauro' Nogueira.

 This could be the fight that makes or breaks either of these Heavyweight veterans. With Roy Nelson coming off of two consecutive loses and 'Big Nog' on a rocky road for the past few years, another loss wouldn't be doing any favors.
 Fans love him, but no matter the love you show, Dana White on numerous occasions has shown his dislike towards 'Big Country' Nelson. With another loss on his record (that making 3 in a row), it wouldn't be shocking to see him let go. Roy Nelson does have something on his side that could save all this "chance of release" talk and that's his heavy, one punch knockout hands. In order to land with with a devastating punch, he'll have to keep the fight standing.

 'Minotauro' Nogueira has already stated he'll be looking to not only finish Nelson, but do it by way of submission. That leads me to believe 'Big Nog' is looking to take this fight to the mat (your classic submissions vs. strikes type match up).

 A win, however sends both these Heavyweights back onto the road to gold. Nogueira has also stated that after this fight with Nelson, he plans on making another run for the title.


Main Card (UFC Fight Pass):

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roy Nelson
Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare
Ramsey Nijem vs. Beneil Dariush


Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass):
Jared Rosholt vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford
Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith
Chris Camozzi vs. Andrew Craig
Alan Omer vs. Jim Alers