Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum took on Travis Browne in the co-main event of tonight’s UFC 203 fight card in Cleveland, Ohio.
Round one begins and Werdum throws a flying side kick to start that lands flush on Browne’s face. He dives in for a takedown but it is not there. Werdum lands a nice right hand and then a front kick to the body. Browne lands a leg kick. Werdum attempts a crazy cartwheel kick that misses. He comes forward and lands a right hand. Browne back tracks and grabs his glove. The referee steps in and stops the action. Werdum is furious. It apperars Travis has an injured finger. The referee restarts the bout. Werdum charges forward and lands a right hand. He presses Browne against the cage and lands some solid short punches. Travis escapes the position and circles away. The Hawaiian lands a big kick to the body. Werdum returns fire with a hard leg kick. Werdum lands a big right hand that drops Browne. He jumps on Travis moves immediately to half guard. Werdum takes Browne’s back and looks to secure a choke. He can’t lock it in so he begins working some ground and pound. Browne survives as the horn sounds to end round one.
Round two begins and both men trade punches to start. Werdum dives in for a takedown but is unsuccessful with the attempt. Browne lands a leg kick. Werdum charges forward but misses with his attempted combination. Browne is using his jab to keep Werdum on the outside. The crowd boos as the action slows. Browne lands a body kick but Fabricio returns fire with a hard leg kick. Another body kick lands for Werdum. The former champ lands a nice body shot on the Hawaiian. Travis responds with a crisp jab. Werdum lands a good right hand but eats another hard jab from Browne.
Round three begins and Browne lands a big kick to the body to start. Werdum fires back with a jab to the mid section of Browne. Fabricio lands a nice body kick followed by a right hand. Browne circles and lands a nice leg kick. Werdum takes it and presses forward. The Brazilian lands a big right hand. He follows that up with a hard jab. He shoots in for a single leg but Browne is not having it. Travis needs to do something here. He is far to tentative. Werdum is just sitting back and slowly picking his shots. He lands a nice combination on Browne. Travis fires back with a left hand but he needs far more of those. A big leg kick and then a knee lands for Fabricio. Browne returns fire with a two high kicks but both are blocked by the former champ. Werdum lands a leg kick but Browne counters with a right hand. One minute remains. Browne connects with a left hook. Werdum responds with a hard leg kick. He comes forward and lands a nice body kick to finish as the horn sounds to end round three.