Five Under The Radar Storylines From UFC 203

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Werdum vs. Browne

1. Can Werdum Bounce Back From His Crushing Loss To Miocic?

Along with UFC 203 marking Miocic’s first appearance since winning the title, it will also be the first time former champion Fabricio Werdum sets foot in the Octagon since he lost it at UFC 198. The loss was embarrassing on many levels. “Vai Cavalo” was coming into the fight off his title-winning performance over Cain Velasquez. That victory completed a trifecta for Werdum. Having already beaten Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Werdum finished the third man in the conversation as the best heavyweight ever.

“Vai Cavalo” was coming into the fight off his title-winning performance over Cain Velasquez. That victory completed a trifecta for Werdum. Having already beaten Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Werdum finished the third man in the conversation as the best heavyweight ever. With such a convincing win over Velasquez, the Brazilian seemed to firmly entrench himself atop the division.

UFC 198 would emanate from Werdum’s home country ┬áin front of a packed soccer stadium of screaming Werdum fans. After getting thousands of masks made portraying his patented “Werdum face”, the Brazilian grappling legend boasted that Miocic would be fighting 45,000 Werdums.

His hubris extended to his walkout, as he danced his way to the cage, seemingly already in celebration mode. When he wildly chased after Miocic with no regard for the consequences, the former Golden Gloves champion made him pay. Werdum ran face-first into a blistering right hand, his reign over before it ever really began.

The devastating nature of the defeat has many questioning whether the veteran is done for good. He will look to put that devastating loss firmly in the rearview Saturday against familiar foe Travis Browne. The two already clashed in a main event on FOX, with Werdum emerging victorious with a dominant five-round decision. Can Werdum convince fans that his title loss was a fluke, or will Browne knock the former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion farther down the heavyweight mountain?

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