Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to broadcast giant FOX with a fight card sure to entertain fight fanatics.
UFC on FOX 11: "Werdum vs. Browne" goes down TONIGHT (April 19, 2014) live from Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, featuring a heavyweight showdown between Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Fabricio Werdum against Hawaiian slugger Travis Browne.
Not only is this a huge fight because of the combatants involved, but this main attraction will also serve as a title eliminator bout, with the winner going on to face Cain Velasquez in Mexico at a later date.
As the fighters who are taking part in this event finished off a week of media appearances and successfully made weight yesterday (see staredown pics here), it is time for their "Final Fighting Words," before the time for talking is over and the fists start flying.
UFC on FOX Interviews
UFC on FOX and MMA Fighting's own Ariel Helwani caught up with "Vai Cavalo" to talk about how he and his opponent have evolved, as well as his goal to acquire UFC heavyweight gold.
If he was disappointed when he heard Velasquez was injured and had to fight Browne:
"Not disappointed, but it's very hard. Imagine you want to the fight for the belt all (your) life, I have the chance but just I'm waiting a long time. I talked with Dana, (Lorenzo) Fertitta, and they said fight one more because not fighting for two years, it's not good. Fans will say, why is Werdum fighting for the title shot? I said it's okay, it's a good match with Travis Browne. I'm excited, I trained a lot for this fight, and tomorrow, I will show why I'm here."
If Browne is the same fighter he was when they trained four years ago:
"He's a completely different fighter for sure, me too. It's like four years ago, it's a long time. You learn a lot of things, but it's so different when you fight in training. In the cage, it's different."
On how the fight ends:
"My prediction -- submission or knockout."
"Hapa" got a little more attention, stopping by the UFC on FOX panel and joining host Jay Glazer, alongside UFC superstar Chael Sonnen and the retired Brian Stann.
The Greg Jackson-trained heavyweight spoke about his roots in the fight game and if he's getting used to being overlooked by the oddsmakers on a consistent basis.
How different he's been over the past couple of years:
"Yeah, I've already put a focus on it. Moving to Jackson's, being in a high-altitude has really helped me. The guys at Elevate, which is my strength and conditioning program, and just with coach Jackson taking us up in the mountains and following him through the forest and doing sprints on these stairs...it's completely different."
If he's starting to enjoy the underdog role:
"Yeah, I really don't pay attention to that stuff. Obviously, to me numbers don't mean anything, momentum doesn't mean anything. At the end of the day, when that cage door closes, it's two guys going against each other. Numbers to me, they don't mean anything."
What the secret is to improving his training camp without having to live in Albuquerque:
"I think being such a baby in this sport, being so young in the sport. I've only been doing any kind of combat for only five years now. So, Jay Glazer met me five-and-a-half, six years ago, that's probably the first month I ever started training. Always being willing and always being coachable is very key to it also."
That's a wrap, Maniacs.
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 11 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" match online, which is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 5 p.m. ET and then main card FOX action, which is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET.