Fabricio Werdum had undoubtedly heard the whole “Cinderella Story”, ad nauseum, about his opponent tonight, Mark Hunt — and how Hunt could become the fight game’s biggest comeback story ever with a victory tonight at UFC 180 in Mexico City.
But, the Brazilian Werdum, a perennial heavyweight contender who now reigns as the fifth UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion in the promotion’s history, had another comeback story in mind.
Werdum found himself having to rise from the canvas tonight, over and over: whipped to the mat off missed kicks and dropped there courtesy of Hunt’s potent right hands. But Werdum finally dropped the Australian with a big knee to the chin midway through the second round — and pounced on him with punches, earning the TKO victory and the belt.
Werdum had the Mexican crowd’s support for much of the bout. He served as one of the coaches on the recent The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, and even marched to the cage to the tune of Mexican ballad “Cielito Lindo” before the bout.
Werdum, who speaks fluent Spanish due to a youth spent in his mother’s native Spain, addressed the crowd in Spanish afterwards — saying he couldn’t wait to fight Mexican-American champion Cain Velasquez, either in Mexico or Brazil.
Regarding the shot which dropped him to the canvas to turn the tide, Hunt would simply say: “It’s the ones you don’t see. Good on him and God bless.”
The fight ended another UFC main card which saw every fight decided within two rounds — in fact, every other bout was decided within one. Mexican prospect Augusto Montaño delighted his hometown crowd, defeating Chris Heatherly by TKO with a series of knees to the head and body. Jake Ellenberger seemed to get lackadaisical and fell victim to a Kelvin Gastelum rear naked choke in the co-main, while Ricardo Lamas and Hector Urbina scored guillotine choke submissions over their opponents, Dennis Bermudez and Edgar Garcia, respectively.
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