Photo of Fabricio Werdum by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.
The UFC 147: "Silva vs. Franklin 2" event going down tonight (Sat., June 23, 2012) from the Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, didn't just feature a bunch of unknowns from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil.
No, former top heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum returned to the cage to take on Mike Russow. An impressive victory would give "Vai Cavalo" a bit more ammunition in his quest for a UFC title shot while Russow could put himself on the map in a big, big way by taking out the number five ranked heavyweight in the world.
Add another bullet to Werdum's chamber.
That's because he knocked Russow out in the very first round, blasting him with an uppercut before swarming him with punches that finished the job. Maybe he's not next in line for Junior dos Santos but this was a big blowout he needed to pump himself up as a top contender at 265-pounds.
Russow initiated the action by pressing ahead with punches. Werdum answered back with a few of his own. The Brazilian looked comfortable on his feet and suddenly "Vai Cavalo" landed a strong right hand that put the Chicago cop on the mat.
Werdum swarmed him and his follow up punches, though they didn't look altogether strong, were enough to put Russow away and give him the victory.
Quick and easy first round knockout? Just what the
UFC doctor ordered.
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