Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum just fought at UFC 216 last October to make quick work of Walt Harris. On Saturday night at Sydney, he managed to keep himself in the winning track by winning a decision verdict over Marcin Tybura.
What was the high point of the fight?
As a decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, it was expected for Werdum to aim for a ground fight and use make his best weapons as a submission artist shine. But instead, he chose to engage in a stand-up battle throughout the majority of the fight, which showed that he is also comfortable on the feet.
Tybura, from his end, landed some significant strikes, but it was Werdum put on a more dominant performance. The Brazilian also had his moments where he had the opportunity to finish the fight on the ground, but they were all too late in the round.
It was Tybura’s uppercuts and head kicks that kept the fight alive for him, but they were also met with Werdum’s knee strikes from the clinch and body kicks, keeping the action leveled.
Where do these two go from here?
As Werdum pointed out, Tybura at 32 years of age still has a lot of fights ahead of him. He is ranked at the top ten at the heavyweight division, and while this loss is a minor setback, a few wins against other ranked opponents can get back on track.
Now on a two-fight win streak, Werdum is calling for another shot at the title. While it is within reason, I personally would like to see him fight another younger and dangerous opponent, and a win would definitely solidify his spot as the next contender for the belt. If he survives against Alistair Overeem at UFC 218, I think Francis Ngannou would be that opponent for “Vai Cavalo.”
Watch it now, later or never?
There weren’t many spectacular moments in this fight, but a five-round battle between two top-level heavyweights that took place predominantly on the feet is a must-watch fight in my book.