Updates from Monday, April 21
Ricky Lundell, one of Travis Browne's coaches, updated his status via his Twitter account:
There wasn't a whole lot that went right for heavyweight Travis Browne at UFC on Fox 11.
Not only did the contender lose a unanimous decision to Fabricio Werdum, but he could potentially have two injuries to overcome, according to UFC:
Dana: Travis May have suffered a broken rib in first. Definitely broken hand.— UFC (@ufc) April 20, 2014
Although it's unclear when the injury took place during the fight, it could be an explanation for a poor performance from the 6'7" 31-year-old.
Coming off of a three-fight win streak that included knockout wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett, Browne was just one win away from claiming a title shot against Cain Velasquez.
Unfortunately for him, a very game Fabricio Werdum turned out to be the one ready to capitalize on the No. 1 contender bout and effectively battered Browne for five rounds. The unanimous decision loss will now not only send Browne back to the drawing board, but also on the road to rehab.
At the rate that Velasquez has been going through challengers, Browne will want to recover quickly. It shouldn't take him very long to get back to the top of the line with a win in his return.