Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum! 'Vai Cavalo's' UFC on FOX 11 win over Travis Browne jumpstarts stagnant division

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Now that "Vai Cavalo" has polished off "Hapa" and moved on to a future championship bout against reigning division kingpin Cain Velasquez, fight fans will finally be treated to the first heavyweight title fight that isn't a rematch since late 2010.

Fabricio Werdum won his heavyweight fight against Travis Browne in the UFC on FOX 11: "Werdum vs. Browne" mixed martial arts (MMA) event (recap), which took place last Saturday night (April 19, 2014) inside the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

In reality, we're all winners.

That's because "Vai Cavalo" moves on to fight Cain Velasquez for the 265-pound strap, in a bout that will likely take place in Mexico before year's end.

Their pending showdown is significant because it marks the first time Velasquez has faced anyone other than Junior dos Santos or Antonio Silva in nearly four years, dating back to his 2010 title victory over Brock Lesnar, a span of five fights (and two major injuries).

No disrespect to "Cigano" or "Bigfoot," but it's enough already.

In addition to the excessive rematches, Velasquez (13-1) hasn't broken a sweat in his past four fights. His second scrap against Silva was as lopsided as the first, and there was nothing we saw from Dos Santos at UFC 155 that convinced us their UFC 166 trilogy would be any different.

That was then. This is now.

While Velasquez has been running roughshod over the rest of the division -- minus his UFC on FOX 1 hiccup -- his latest adversary does present a couple of formidable challenges. Least of which is the fact that Werdum can go five rounds without pause, as evidenced by his performance in "The Sunshine State."

And let's not forget about the wrestling.

Velasquez is used to making his opponents look silly on the ground, thanks to his relentless takedowns and top control. But taking the fight south against a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and Abu Dhabi champion is a recipe for disaster (just ask Fedor Emelianenko).

And as Browne quickly discovered on FOX, the Brazilian is a pretty formidable striker, too.

Whether or not he can topple the champion, who is still recovering from surgery, remains to be seen. But just the fact that we don't know -- because they've never fought -- is enough to inject some new life into a stagnant division that has seen one too many rematches.

For more on UFC on FOX 11, including results, recaps, videos, play-by-play and more, check out our live "Werdum vs. Browne" story stream by clicking here.

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