Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26
Browne has established a highly respectable record of 16-1-1. He has beaten former world champions and title contenders in Josh Barnett, Alistair Overeem and Gabriel Gonzaga. In fact, the 31-year-old is on a three-fight win streak, knocking out the latter fighters in dominant fashion.
With that, Brown adamantly believes he deserves a title shot with a victory over Werdum.
According to AXS TV Fights (h/t Low Kick MMA), Browne stated:
There’s no way that the winner of this doesn’t get a title shot. We deserve it; we earned it. I don’t need to convince anybody that I get a title shot; I let my work do the talking for me.
Highlighting Browne’s "work," 75 percent of his wins have come by way of knockout. Furthermore, 10 of those 12 knockouts occurred in the first round. Browne has suffered just one defeat, and he has never been submitted.
Werdum (17-5), on the other hand, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend. Most of his wins have come by submission. In that, Werdum has tapped out former world champions in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Alistair Overeem and arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time in Fedor Emelianenko.
Not surprisingly, according to Damon Martin of Fox Sports, UFC president Dana White confirmed on April 17 that the winner of the main event at UFC on Fox 11 would face the heavyweight champion.
Therefore, at UFC on Fox 11, both fighters are faced with the same reward for victory. One of them will be presented with the not-so-enviable task of going head-to-head with the “baddest man on the planet,” UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.