Posted on: November 7, 2009 9:09 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2009 10:51 pm
Here we go with the first fight of the CBS broadcast, as Fabricio Werdum, a former top heavyweight in the UFC and PRIDE, takes on former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
The winner here could be next in line for Fedor Emelianenko... or, in the case of a stunning upset tonight, Brett Rogers. Werdum has the experience edge, but he's facing a guy in Silva that has the size, reach, and jiu-jitsu to really give him problems wherever the fight ends up.
Round 1: Silva doesn't have much of a height advantage, but his head and hands are gigantic, and he has four inches in reach on Werdum. Werdum connects with a right hand and Silva goes insane, crushing him with a series of uppercuts. Silva pummels Werdum back against the fence. Werdum goes down as Silva keeps smashing away with his hands, including a big haymaker to the jaw that got a reaction from the crowd. Werdum takes one of Silva's legs to close the distance and gets back to his feet. Werdum works some leg kicks, and tries to sucker Silva back into a ground fight, but Bigfoot's not having it. Silva with a jab and a leg kick. Werdum with a nice left-right combo, but Silva is not hurt. Werdum with a body lock and leg trip, but he can't take Silva down. Elbow by Silva. Kick into a punch combo by Werdum. Silva answers with a combo and gets the better of the exchange. Silva with a leg kick and an uppercut, keeping Werdum on his heels. Silva ties up Werdum against the fence and lands an elbow. Werdum shoots for a takedown and misses, eating more strikes while laying on the mat. The round ends, and it's clearly 10-9 Silva.
Round 2: Werdum pushes forward to strike and an uppercut by Silva puts him on the canvas again. Silva hovers over Werdum, who is looking for upkicks. Silva tags him with a right hand to the jaw. Silva finally moves to the mat for some ground and pound and instantly gets reversed by Werdum. Werdum passes to side control but Silva escapes to his feet before he can capitalize. They trade leather briefly before Silva bodylocks him against the cage again. Werdum reverses Silva to put his back on the cage, but it's a stalemate, so the referee moves the fighters back to center cage. Leg kick by Werdum. Silva looks for the Muay Thai clinch but Werdum shucks it off. Single leg trip by Werdum for the takedown as Silva traps his leg to keep him in half guard. Werdum passes to side control. Silva rolls out of it and nearly takes Werdum's back in a scramble. Werdum takes the leg but can't turn it into a submission hold. The round ends, and Silva seems to be tiring faster than Werdum. Much closer than Round 1, but I give it to Silva again 10-9.
Round 3: Inside leg kicks by Werdum. Uppercut from Werdum misses. Werdum misses on an overhand right but follows up with a takedown. Silva turtles up and Werdum hammers away at his giant head. Werdum puts the hooks in and tries a rear naked choke, but Silva escapes to his feet. Werdum with knees from the clinch. Silva connects with a series of punches and Werdum answers with another knee. They tie up again and Werdum goes back to the clinch to throw some knees. Single leg attempt by Werdum fails. They're at close range and Silva is landing more uppercuts. Werdum gets a head drag takedown and starts hammering on a turtled-up Silva again. Silva looks gassed. Werdum tries to mount but Silva block the leg. Werdum with ground and pound as the round comes to an end. This round clearly belongs to Werdum, 10-9. Who wins this decision should depend largely on how the judges scored Round 2, which could have gone to either fighter. I score the bout 29-28 for Silva, but Werdum could take it. We'll see.
Winner: Fabricio Werdum defeats Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.
Posted on: July 21, 2009 7:57 pm
Strikeforce announced via press release on Tuesday that heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem re-injured his hand, and has been forced to pull out of his title defense against Fabricio Werdum on Aug. 15 in San Jose, Calif.
Overeem injured his hand in a reported bar fight earlier this year. No replacement opponent has been named for Werdum, but the press release promised "a replacement bout for the scratched heavyweight fight will be announced soon."
The fight vs. Overeem would have been Werdum's Strikeforce debut after going 2-2 in four bouts in the UFC from 2007 to 2008, including wins over Brandon Vera and Gabriel Gonzaga. Werdum previously defeated Overeem in PRIDE in 2006, submitting him via kimura at 3:43 of Round 2.
Overeem fought four times in 2008, but has not fought for Strikeforce since becoming the promotion's first heavyweight champion with a win over Paul Buentello on Nov. 16, 2007.
The Strikeforce event on Aug. 15 will mark almost exactly 21 months since Strikeforce awarded the heavyweight title to Overeem. There has not been a single defense of that title since it was awarded.
Perhaps it's time for Strikeforce to consider crowning an interim champion. We'll see how much longer they're willing to wait patiently while their champion fights elsewhere -- including, allegedly, in bars -- while showing off their title belt on his mantle.
Posted on: October 25, 2008 10:41 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2008 10:57 pm
The heavyweights are up next: Fabricio Werdum vs. Junior Dos Santos. This is the UFC debut for Dos Santos and also his first fight in a country other than Brazil.
It should be noted that Werdum weighed in at 256 to Dos Santos' 234, so there is a pretty significant size advantage in Werdum's favor.
UFC Hall of Famer Dan "The Beast" Severn is shown in attendance. Man, does that guy bring back memories.
Round 1: Dos Santos throws leg kicks. Werdum throws a sloppy leg kick of his own. A few seconds of inactivity, and then HOLY UPSET. Dos Santos smashes Werdum with a right uppercut, which Werdum actually leans into while throwing a looping right of his own. Werdum crumbles to the mat and it's all over.
Werdum is being tended to in his corner, and he is bleeding everywhere.
Winner: Junior Dos Santos defeats Fabricio Werdum via KO from a right uppercut at 1:20 of Round 1.
"I believed in my hands," Dos Santos said via translator Ed Soares. He said he knew it would be a bit sketchy going to the ground with Werdum, but he was confident he could get it done with strikes.
Well there's a nice upset in the books for UFC 90. I guess Cote is off the hook now.
Posted on: June 7, 2008 3:16 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2008 3:35 pm
Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera opens the main broadcast.
Round 1: Werdum clinches Vera against the cage. Vera fights his way out of the clinch with fists and elbows. Werdum ties him up again and scores a takedown, landing in Vera's guard. Werdum with some ground and pound. Vera escapes to his feet and throw a knee, which Werdum catches. He can't take him down, and instead lands on his back and eats a few shots. Vera lets him up. Nice left by Vera, and Werdum is now backing up. He collects himself and takes Vera down again. Werdum passes Vera's guard for full mount and starts hammering away with 30 seconds left in the round. Vera is covering up and not really in trouble, but also not bettering his position or striking back. Referee Dan Miragliotta (does that name ring a bell?) stops the fight with seconds remaining, and Vera immediately stands up complaining, not looking the least bit wobbly or hurt.
Winner: Fabricio Werdum defeated Brandon Vera via TKO due to strikes at 4:40 of Round 1.
After the fight, Werdum tells Joe Rogan that Vera was saying something to the referee and implied that Vera might have been telling him to stop the fight. The crowd is crapping all over this result.
Vera gets cheered when he steps up to Rogan's microphone.
"I said 'I'm OK, I'm OK, I'm OK! I'm not gonna quit. Are you kidding me? F--- that!'" Vera said.
Vera points out that he was covering up well during the ground and pound and wasn't rocked by any shots. That, plus the fact that the round was almost over, and Vera felt the stoppage was too early.
"It's fifteen seconds left in the round," Vera said. "Let me take the ass-whoopin'!"
My initial thought: It's too bad most of the people crying "fix" on the Miragliotta stoppage of Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson won't be watching UFC 85, because this illustrates several points. Among them: A) Early stoppages can happen in any MMA promotion, B) they can happen on PPV as easily as they happened on CBS, C) refereeing is subjective and subject to human error no matter how big a superstar the fighter is. Unless Kimbo Slice is best buddies with Fabricio Werdum and nobody knew it, I think it's time to put the criticism where it belongs -- on Miragliotta.
Posted on: January 19, 2008 4:32 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2008 4:53 pm
Since three of the five main card fights were finished 45-50 minutes into the broadcast, the UFC aired the Paul Kelly-Paul Taylor fight to kill time. I must say, it was an entertaining scrap.
The first round in particular started with both guys throwing bombs. Kelly opened a nasty cut on Taylor's forehead in the second round with an elbow, and from that point on, Kelly had Taylor in control for the unanimous decision. Nice debut for Kelly, who will certainly pop up again on the next UFC stop in England.
The heavyweights are up next: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Fabricio Werdum.
Round 1: Firmly Gonzaga's round as he starts by controlling Werdum on the ground, then lets him up to punish him with leg kicks. Gonzaga threw right leg kicks on two occasions that were powerful enough to buckle Werdum to the ground. Gonzaga went for a head kick and Werdum was able to capitalize and get Gonzaga to the mat. Werdum worked from Gonzaga's half guard. Gonzaga tried for a kneebar and Werdum clenched his hands to defend the move as the round ended. I have it 10-9 for Gonzaga, although Werdum was giving him some headaches at the end of the round.
Round 2: Werdum threw some punches but got stuffed on a takedown attempt. Gonzaga would't follow Werdum to the mat, so they stood again. I missed a minute or so of the fight due to satellite problems. When the signal is back, Gonzaga was still throwing leg kicks and Werdum's left thigh was turning purple. Werdum began to do some damage with punch combinations and a pair of knees. Werdum held Gonzaga against the cage and forced him to the ground. Gonzaga started to look really tired. Werdum began pounding Gonzaga's right ear with fists and Gonzaga couldn't defend, so the referee stopped it. Gonzaga is now 0-2 against Werdum.
Winner: Fabricio Werdum defeated Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO due to strikes at 4:34 of Round 2.