It’s certainly been a very eventful year for the UFC. The world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion has put on a number of huge shows, reportedly breaking the pay-per-view buys record that’s stood since UFC 100. Perhaps the most bizarre show in UFC history went down on September 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. UFC 203 featured a host of well-known fighters, but it was truly a heavyweight focused event. Following the success of UFC 202 just 20 days before, all eyes were on the big guys at UFC 203.
Also present during the wild show in Ohio was WWE veteran CM Punk, who made half a million dollars while getting whooped by Mickey Gall. An elevator accident struck CB Dollaway from the card just 24 hours before it started, and a number of other odd incidents made it a very unique fight week in Cleveland. The weird occurrences did not stop though, as the event itself saw some twists and turns like very few others before. The most notable moments of the evening outside the main event came from Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne (and his coach).
Werdum vs. Everyone
The intense heavyweight showdown between ex-champ Werdum and his rival Travis Browne started just as it would finish. ‘Vai Cavalo’ opened round one with an acrobatic jumping head kick that wobbled ‘Hapa.’ As the fight went on it was clear that Browne was outgunned, then came the infamous time out. An overhand right from Werdum landed on Browne’s finger causing a compound fracture. In what should have technically been a TKO according to the rules, the referee accepted Browne’s call for time out.
After some inspection by the doctors, the fight got back underway. Werdum took home the judge’s decision in his second win over Browne, but the fight didn’t end after the final bell. ‘Vai Cavalo’ got in to it with Travis Browne’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan. In what appeared to be an adrenaline fuelled skirmish, Werdum landed a front kick to the chest of Ronda Rousey’s famed trainer. The ex-champion would later reveal that coach Edmond had verbally abused him before their physical altercation.
During his fight companion for UFC Fight Night 94 last night, color commentator Joe Rogan revealed exactly what he saw during the altercation:
“Werdum with that insane flying kick, then the ‘this is Sparta on Edmond after the fight. I think there was a lot of pressure on Browne and his coaches. I didn’t see the kick, but when I climbed in the octagon I saw Werdum’s coach. Rafael Cordeiro was ready to throw down, he was ready to throw punches. I think he (Cordeiro) was considering what to do in that moment.”
“Werdum was like ‘Get the f*ck outta here with your bullsh*t gym. Browne has looked like sh*t since joining Glendale, and I think the pressure was on Edmond. You could hear him in between rounds, his voice was desperate.”
Skip to 1:49:45 for the topic of Werdum vs. coach Edmond.