Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will bring another exciting card to network television TONIGHT (Sat., April 19, 2014) with UFC on FOX 11, which features several top quality fighters and numerous interesting and fun mixed martial arts (MMA) match ups.
The network-televised card from Amway Center, Fla., is headlined by a No. 1 Heavyweight title contender eliminator match between Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum and heavy-hitting Hawaiian Travis Browne. Also featured is a battle of former women's Bantamweight title contenders, when Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche square off in the co-main event.
With such a high-quality card, it is inevitable that these fighters will all compete for the performance bonuses UFC has guaranteed to reward its fighters for impressive showings in the Octagon. Therefore, let's take a look at who are most likely to impress later this evening on FOX:
Heavyweight fights tend to end quickly and violently or drag on endlessly, but I expect the former here ... I'm just not sure who will get the job done. From what I've seen, both fighters can be prone to big lapses in judgement, which may open them up for a fight-finishing sequence at the hands of their opponent. That said, Browne has the power and striking advantage necessary to put away Werdum, while the Brazilian could also end it early with his solid clinch striking or excellent submission skills. Either way, don't expect this match to last long.vs. Fabricio Werdum: I would like to preface this by saying I do not think this will be "Fight of the Night."
Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche: Two top-ranked former title challengers will square off in the co-main event, a pair of desperate and game females who are most likely to put on a "Fight of the Night"-worthy performance. Tate brings tenacity and grappling chops, while Carmouche has great heart and unassuming strength. Expect a back-and-forth affair between two fighters known to bring it every time.
Donald Cerrone (Fighting Edson Barboza): Barboza is more than a little overrated and Cerrone has been in there with the best of them. Barboza seems lost when put under pressure and Cerrone has shown the ability to absolutely lay waste to inferior competition. Cerrone has comparable skills with Barboza in range fighting and is a much better fighter everywhere else. Unless Barboza takes advantage of Cerrone's apparent weakness to body shots, this will end badly for him, and probably in a quick and violent manner.
Yoel Romero (Fighting Brad Tavares): I'm kind of up in the air as to whether or not I would pick Romero in this fight, but it's hard not to include him here. He has shown a capability of displaying incredible violence. And if Tavares leaves himself exposed even once he may be on the wrong end of it.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (Fighting Rafael dos Anjos): I was a non-believer in the Nurmagomedov hype for quite a while, but he's won me over. His style is smothering, but he still manages to bring excitement with the pace he pushes and his frenzied attacks. Dos Anjos is a terrific fighter, don't get me wrong, but his fight with Clay Guida keeps popping up in my mind when thinking of this fight. I know he's improved by leaps and bounds but Nurmagomedov will attack him in much the same way, but at a significantly higher level and with more tools than Guida had. I expect a drubbing here in favor of the Dagestani.
Jordan Mein (Fighting Hernani Perpetuo): Mein is a solid young talent, with good power and technique in his strikes, as well as a strong grappling game, and a surprising amount of experience for a 24-year-old. He was given too much too soon in Matt Brown, but he is a perfectly competent fighter and has much potential. Perpetuo doesn't strike me as anything particularly special and his style when striking isn't much to take note of other than decent power. I think Mein takes him out impressively.
Dustin Ortiz (Fighting Ray Borg): Ortiz proved himself in his last fight against John Moraga at UFC Fight Night 35. Though he lost a controversial split decision, he showed a well-rounded skillset and athleticism that can take a fighter far. Borg has some promise, but I think Ortiz is a tall order for an Octagon debut and dominates this one.
Mirsad Bektic (Fighting Chas Skelly): Bektic is a young Bosnian prospect fighting out of American Top Team. He has a karate background, but is skilled in all areas of MMA, finishing all but one of his fights. Both Bektic and Skelly are undefeated, but I just don't see that much in Skelly. Bektic is the better striker and is probably good enough to keep Skelly from getting the fight to the mat. From there, he'll smoke him on the feet.
And that's it for this show! Expect some good fights on a card with interesting talent from top to bottom. UFC has recently brought the heat with its FOX events and "Werdum vs. Browne" should be no different.
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 11 fight card this Saturday (April 19, 2014) right here, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" at 3:30 p.m. ET, the FOX Sports 1 under card matches at 5 p.m. ET and the main card bouts at 8 p.m. ET.