It’s time for the co-main event, with former champ Fabricio Werdum rematching with Travis Browne, a man he beat before. Werdum was at the top of the heap not too long ago, but after a Stipe Miocic fist put an end to that reign, he’s just a man looking to get back on track.
Werdum leaps across the cage and lands a flying sidekick to the face in the opening seconds. The Brazilian stays wild, winging punches and diving for takedowns that fail every time, and Browne responds by counter-punching nicely. The action inexplicably pauses for Browne to complain about a dislocated finger, but after the doctor checks it out, the fight resumes (a strange turn of events because you can’t call time out on an injury, which Browne did). In the final minute Werdum drops Browne with a punch, and the ensuing grappling assault has the American struggling to not get tapped out.
The pace slows considerably in the second, with both men more reluctant to take chances. Still, Werdum seems to throw more and land more, and he likely edges ahead even further on the scorecards.
Round 3 is more of the same, although Werdum does turn up the heat slightly with knees from the clinch.
However, the real action takes place before the decision is read, with Browne’s coach Edmund Tarverdyan talking trash and Werdum kicking him. The Octagon gets cleared of cornermen after that.
Results: Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne via Unanimous Decision