Travis Browne suffered a convincing loss to Fabricio Werdum on Saturday night at UFC On FOX 11 which not only shattered his hopes of earning a title shot, but also left him with several broken bones too.
According to Browne’s coach Ricky Lundell, Browne broke one of his hands and also broke ribs during the first round of the fight, while at some stage in the later rounds he also dislocated bones in his foot.
That would go some way to explaining why the fighter, who’d been on a three fight unbeaten run prior to Saturday night, appeared to underperform and looked tired as early as the second and third rounds.
Having said that, his injuries shouldn’t take the shine off Werdum’s performance as he looked the better fighter on the night from start to finish and was very effective with combinations of strikes in the stand-up exchanges, whereas even in the opening round Browne was relying on single power punches.
Though many people were impressed with Werdum’s performance, it appears that UFC President Dana White wasn’t overly enamored by it.
“He fought a safe fight to guarantee the [title shot],” White said after the event. “I think he could have finished Travis, but Travis is a tough guy. They think he broke his rib in the first round. That would explain it. He definitely has a broken hand.”
That would appear to be a little unfair to the Brazilian. While Werdum did take his foot off the accelerator in the fourth and fifth rounds, he fought as aggressively as we’ve ever seen from him prior to that and in general terms put on an accomplished performance.
Werdum does now move on to a potential title shot with Cain Velasquez which is currently tentatively earmarked to take place in Mexico this November if the champion recovers from shoulder surgery in time.