The UFC has officially announced its eleventh UFC on Fox card via Twitter, writes Padraig Martin.
The event will take place on April 19 in Orlando, Florida and gives fans plenty to be excited about. Featured are two huge bouts between top ten fighters, Travis Brown vs Fabricio Werdum and Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche. The former is a huge fight in the heavyweight division with title implications, whilst the latter could potentially be a “loser leaves town” match.
While it was initially thought that Werdum would fight Cain Valasquez for the Heavyweight strap in the UFC’s debut in Mexico, the champion was ruled out with an injury that looks set to see him sidelined until the latter part of the year. It is extremely likely that the winner of the April showdown will face Valasquez upon his return.
Werdum has been impressive since returning to the UFC after a solid run in the Strikeforce Heavyweight division. In three fights he has scored three dominant wins over seasoned opposition. Browne has been on somewhat of a tear as of late. His only loss came to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva during a fight in which he was hampered by a leg injury, though it must be pointed out that the lone draw on his 7-1-1 record came against Cheick Kongo when the French national was deducted a point for repeatedly grabbing his opponents shorts. Browne has stepped up his game hugely since then however, and his ability to score knock out wins against big name opponents has elevated him to the top tier of the heavyweight division.
Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche is a fight that will entice hardcore and mainstream fans alike. The two are among the most well known female MMA fighters (largely due to the fact that they have both been opponents of Ronda Rousey). Both fighters have not had the best run in the UFC. Tate has lost both of her fights under the promotions banner. She is 1-3 in her last four fights with each of her losses coming via stoppage, whilst her lone victory since losing her Strikeforce title coming via submission late on in a fight in which she was thoroughly outclassed by Julie Kedzie. Another loss at this juncture would be disastrous for Tate, though the fact that she has been involved in high profile fights for the last few years could well buy the twenty-seven year old another fight should she lose.
While Tate will be looking to halt the first two-fight skid of her career, Carmouche will be aiming to avoid a skid of her own, having knocked out Jessica Andrade and suffered a decision loss to Alexis Davis since a submission loss to Ronda Rousey in February of last year.
The promotion specifically pointed out that neither fight is to serve as the main event. It will be interesting to see what fight will headline ahead of Browne vs. Werdum.
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