With 12 knockout wins in 17 MMA bouts, Browne is one of the more dangerous strikers in the heavyweight division. Consecutive knockout victories over Gonzaga, Overeem and Barnett earned him this fight with Werdum.
Should Browne get his hand raised again on Saturday, it will likely be his striking that carries him once again.
That said, Werdum has developed into a capable striker since his lone knockout loss to Junior dos Santos, a defeat that led to him leaving the UFC for three years. Now back inside the Octagon, Werdum brings some solid muay thai to those who force him to stand.
Although he failed to score a takedown against the heavy-hitting Nelson, Werdum was able to pick Big Country apart with a varied arsenal. The Brazilian's knees caused the most damage, but Werdum was also able to land some solid leg kicks, even forcing Nelson to the ground with one in the opening round.
Working with Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA has helped Werdum to grow by leaps and bounds. At the same time, Cordeiro's aggressive striking teachings have caused some of the holes in Werdum's striking to become even more glaring.
Aggressive striking can pay off in MMA, but there needs to be a controlled chaos. Werdum gets too wild at times and leaves himself wide open for counters against skilled strikers. Before scoring his epic submission win over Fedor Emelianenko, Werdum was blasted by multiple hooks from the Russian when he was caught swinging with his head down.
Werdum hasn't completely tightened the holes in his striking defense since that fight in June 2010. At UFC 147, Vai Cavalo stopped Mike Russow with strikes, but he displayed some weaknesses before doing so. In the opening minute, Werdum looked to close distance and clinch, but he showed poor form.
In addition to leaving his lead hand extended while moving forward, notice below how long Werdum's right hand remains at waist level before he throws a telegraphed uppercut that is partially blocked.
Despite the shortcomings Werdum still has in his stand-up, he's still capable of causing problems for Browne this weekend. Against Overeem, Browne was battered with knees in the clinch. Though Werdum is no Overeem, his knees are probably the strongest weapon in his striking arsenal.
If this fight does stay standing, Browne's power is likely to be a bigger factor, though.
While Werdum could frustrate his opponent in the clinch, Browne only needs to land once to bring this bout to an end. Considering the openings Werdum leaves as he moves forward, there is a good chance Hapa will eventually touch the Brazilian's chin.