(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
Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne
Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche
Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza
Brad Tavares vs. Yoel Romero
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Thiago Alves vs. Seth Baczynski
Jorge Masvidal vs. Pat Healy
Estevan Payan vs. Alex White
Caio Magalhães vs. Luke Zachrich
Jordan Mein vs. Hernani Perpetuo
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Dustin Ortiz vs. Ray Borg
Mirsad Bektic vs. Chas Skelly
Derrick Lewis vs. Jack May