Fabricio Werdum earned a title shot against Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 11. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Fabricio Werdum left no doubt as to who is the heavyweight division’s No. 1 contender. “Vai Cavalo” dominated Travis Browne on the mat and battered him on the feet to earn a clear cut unanimous decision victory in the UFC on Fox 11 main event at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday night.
Browne briefly rattled the Brazilian with a right hand in the opening frame, but from that point on, the heavyweight bout was dominated by the Brazilian in all aspects. With the win, Werdum is expected to square off with reigning champion Cain Velasquez in Mexico at an as-yet-to-be announced date. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 11, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
121: Significant strikes landed by Werdum, the fourth highest total landed by a heavyweight in a UFC fight. Werdum outlanded his opponent 21 to 17 in round one, 15 to 6 in round two, 38 to 13 in round three, 18 to 7 in round four and 29 to 17 in round five.
4: Consecutive UFC triumphs for Werdum, tying him with Cain Velasquez for the longest active streak in the heavyweight division.
275-103: Significant strike advantage for Werdum in his last four UFC victories. In addition to Browne, Werdum has bested Roy Nelson (91-26), Mike Russow (31-3) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-14).
2: Takedowns landed, in six attempts, by Werdum, making him the first person to get Browne to the canvas in UFC competition. Prior to UFC on Fox 11, “Hapa” had successfully defended all eight tries against him during his promotional tenure.
11: Finishes in UFC and WEC competition for Cerrone after his first-round submission of Edson Barboza. That ties him with Nate Diaz for the most finishes in WEC/UFC lightweight history.
1: UFC fighter to earn “Fight of the Night,” “Submission of the Night,” “Knockout of the Night,” and “Performance of the Night.” Cerrone became the first to capture all four awards by earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his win over Barboza.
17: Significant strikes by which Barboza outlanded Cerrone prior to being submitted at the 3:15 mark of round one.
4: Consecutive wins for Yoel Romero Palacio following his unanimous verdict over Brad Tavares. That ties him with Vitor Belfort for the second-longest active winning streak in the UFC’s middleweight division. Champion Chris Weidman has the longest current winning streak with seven.
7: Takedowns landed by Palacio against Tavares. In four prior UFC/Strikeforce appearances, the Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling was unsuccessful on all 12 of his takedown attempts.
35: Takedowns landed by Khabib Nurmagomedov in six UFC bouts. After landing three takedowns in his first three Octagon appearances, “The Eagle” has landed 32 in wins over Abel Trujillo (21), Pat Healy (5) and Rafael dos Anjos (6).
7.09: Takedowns average per 15 minutes for Nurmagomedov, the highest rate in UFC history among those with at least five fights in the promotion.
896: Days since Thiago Alves’ last UFC victory, a first-round rear-naked choke triumph against Papy Abedi at UFC 138. Alves returned to the win column on Saturday with a unanimous decision triumph over Seth Baczynski in a preliminary welterweight clash.
116: Significant strikes landed by Alves. It is the first time in Alves’ 18-fight UFC tenure that he has landed more than 100 significant strikes. The Brazilian’s previous best in the Octagon came when he landed 80 significant strikes in a three-round victory over Josh Koscheck at UFC 90.
52: Leg kicks landed by Alves, a record for a three-round UFC bout. The record was previously held by Cerrone, who landed 49 leg kicks against Vagner Rocha at UFC 131.
.160: Percentage of takedowns landed by Pat Healy during his current three-fight losing streak. The Strikeforce veteran landed just two of 14 takedowns in a unanimous decision loss to Jorge Masvidal at UFC on Fox 11. “Bam “Bam has landed four of 25 takedown attempts overall in losing to Masvidal, Bobby Green and Khabib Nurmagomedov in his last three outings.
37: Significant strikes by which Masvidal outlanded Healy. In addition to a 69-32 edge in significant strikes, “Gamebred” also outlanded his opponent 105-84 in total strikes.
4: Takedowns landed, in four attempts by Jordan Mein in his split-decision triumph over Hernani Perpetuo. In five previous UFC and Strikeforce appearances, Mein only attempted one takedown. That unsuccessful attempt came against Tyron Woodley at Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” on Jan. 7, 2012.
20: Age of debuting flyweight Ray Borg, making him the second-youngest fighter on the UFC roster. Sergio Pettis, whose birthday is 10 days earlier, is currently the youngest. Borg, fighting just two weeks after a win over Nick Urso at Legacy FC 30, lost a competitive split decision to Dustin Ortiz.
10: Media scorecards, among the 15 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the fight in favor of Borg.
23-45-1: Combined record of heavyweight Jack May’s first seven professional opponents, six of whom the CSW representative dispatched inside of a round. May’s Octagon was considerably rougher, as he was stopped by fellow Octagon newcomer Derrick Lewis at the 4:23 mark of round one.