Fabricio Werdum gained some momentum with a decisive victory over Mike Russow at UFC 147 on Saturday night, and here are five key takeaways from the bout...
Russow is not a top heavyweight
Mike Russow has an impressive record but not many impressive names on the wins list. When he has stepped up to take on real top fighters he has lost both times.
Russow had no answer for Werdum's striking. His striking defense was putrid. The uppercut that sat him down was available to Werdum from the opening bell. Despite his record he is not a top level heavyweight and should be seen back on the preliminary card.
Werdum's striking continues to improve
Since returning to the UFC Fabricio Werdum has shown some scary striking.
He obliterated Roy Nelson with multiple knees and put Russow on the mat with a swift uppercut. While no one will confuse Werdum with UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos, it is clear his striking arsenal has improved drastically.
Anytime a top athlete continues to add elements to his game he becomes an increasingly dangerous fighter.
Russow needs to train full-time or leave the UFC
The UFC is no longer a place for part-time fighters. I am not suggesting he retire but merely go back to the regional MMA scene if he is not willing to commit to becoming a full-time fighter.
In today's MMA it is very hard to become a great fighter by only training part-time. Russow was already behind the eight ball athletically, and now fighters are getting better, faster. He is quickly being passed by and needs to figure out if he wants to continue fighting inside the Octagon.
Who should Fabricio Werdum fight next?
I admire his passion for police work, but if he wants to continue fighting in the premier MMA organization he needs to put off being a cop until after your professional athletic career is over.
Heavyweights continue to deliver in 2012
Another heavyweight bout and another quick, exciting finish.
The UFC's heavyweight division continues to impress and be one of the company's most exciting divisions. Werdum has been nothing short of sensational since his return to the Octagon.
If the heavyweights continue this sort of excitement on every card it can pay off for the UFC in a major way.
Werdum is a most definitely top five heavyweight
Always on the cusp of the top five, Werdum proved at UFC 147 he is without question in elite company.
It is not that he beat Russow, but how. Quick and decisively. Werdum did what great heavyweights do, finish inferior competition.
Now that he is in the UFC's heavyweight title picture he has the potential to rematch with Alistair Overeem or Dos Santos.