WERDUM VS. BROWNE Set for FOX UFC Saturday
A WORLD title shot is on the line at FOX UFC SATURDAY: WERDUM VS. BROWNE on Saturday, April 19 (8:00 PM ET) when two of the top-ranked heavyweights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) (UFC(R)) battle it out in a five-round showdown. Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace and No. 2-ranked Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) matches wits and fists with Hawaiian knockout artist and No.3-ranked Travis Browne (16-1-1) to determine who faces champion Cain Velasquez next.
The exciting two-hour main card features three more highly anticipated bouts. A pair of the UFC's best women bantamweights meet when No. 3-ranked Miesha Tate (13-5) takes on No. 7-ranked Liz Carmouche (8-4) in a crucial battle between championship contenders. Fan favorite and No. 8-ranked Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (22-6, 1NC) faces No. 11-ranked Edson Barboza (13-1) in a key lightweight matchup and potential Fight of the Night candidate. Plus, No. 13-ranked middleweight Brad Tavares (12-2) faces No. 15-ranked Yoel Romero (7-1) in the main card opener. Veteran UFC announcers Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg call the action live from Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, while host Curt Menefee and analysts Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann open the show on FOX. Victor Devila, Mario Delgado and Erick "Goyito" Perez call the fights on FOX Deportes.
The action kicks off on Fox Sports 1 at 5:00 PM ET with the three-hour FOX UFC SATURDAY PRELIMS, culminating with a pivotal lightweight bout between No. 5-ranked Rafael dos Anjos (20-6) and No. 7-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov (21-0). Thiago Alves (24-8) faces Seth Baczynski (18-8) in a welterweight fight, while Jorge Masvidal (25-8) faces veteran Pat Healy (31-17, 1NC) in a lightweight scrap. Estevan Payan (14-5, 1NC) and Alex White (9-0) mix it up in a featherweight bout, preceeded by middleweights Luke Zachrich (13-2) and Caio Magalhaes (7-2). Welterweights Jordan Mein (27-9) and Hernani Perpetuo (17-3, 1NC) open the preliminary card.
Fight day kicks off with the FOX UFC SATURDAY PREFIGHT SHOW on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, April 20 (4:00 PM ET) previewing all the bouts live from Orlando. Jay Glazer hosts, with Sonnen and Stann providing analysis. Four-time MMA Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani interviews fighters on-site in Orlando. The evening wraps up with the FOX UFC SATURDAY POSTFIGHT Show on Fox Sports 2 (11:00 PM ET), with interviews of the night's participants.
Coverage of FOX UFC SATURDAY: WERDUM VS. BROWNE begins Friday, April 18 (4:00 PM ET) on Fox Sports 2 with the live UFC WEIGH-IN. Glazer hosts, while Sonnen and Stann provide analysis and Helwani conducts fighter interviews.
In the week leading up to fight night, FOXSports.com features extended coverage of FOX UFC SATURDAY: WERDUM VS. BROWNE premiere, including interviews with the main fighters and a live blog during the fights. Follow @UFCONFOX on Twitter and use the hashtag #UFConFOX for the latest updates.
Fight fans can also catch all the bouts live on Fox Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of Fox Sports content. Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the FOX UFC SATURDAY: WERDUM VS. BROWNE through the Fox Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.
FOX UFC SATURDAY: WERDUM VS. BROWNE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
DATE TIME EVENT NET
Friday, April 18 4:00 PM ET UFC Weigh-In Fox Sports 2
Saturday, April 19 4:00 PM ET FOX UFC SATURDAY: WERDUM VS. BROWNE PREFIGHT Fox Sports 1
Saturday, April 19 5:00 PM ET FOX UFC SATURDAY: WERDUM VS. BROWNE PRELIMS Fox Sports 1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, April 19 8:00 PM ET FOX UFC SATURDAY: WERDUM VS. BROWNE Fox Sports 1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, April 19 11:00 PM ET FOX UFC SATURDAY POSTFIGHT SHOW Fox Sports 2
FOX UFC SATURDAY: WERDUM VS. BROWNE Fight Card
Fighter Record vs. Fighter Record Class
#2 Fabricio Werdum 17-5-1 #3 Travis Browne 16-1-1 Heavyweight
#3 Miesha Tate 13-5 #7 Liz Carmouche 8-4 Bantamweight
#8 Donald Cerrone 22-6, 1NC #11 Edson Barboza 13-1 Lightweight
#13 Brad Tavares 12-2 #15 Yoel Romero 7-1 Middleweight
#5 Rafael dos Anjos 20-6 #7 Khabib Nurmagomedov 21-0 Lightweight
Thiago Alves 24-8 Seth Baczynski 18-8 Welterweight
Jorge Masvidal 25-8 Pat Healy 31-17, 1NC Lightweight
Estevan Payan 14-5, 1NC Alex White 9-0 Featherweight
Luke Zachrich 13-2 Caio Magalhaes 7-2 Middleweight
Jordan Mein 27-9 Hernani Perpetuo 17-3, 1NC Welterweight
Mirsad Bektic 7-0 Chas Skelly 11-0 Featherweight
Derrick Lewis 9-2, 1NC Jack May 7-0 Heavyweight