While Werdum is now next in line to fight Velasquez, Browne will have to work his way back up.
The Hawaiian won three straight fights heading into UFC on Fox 11 and was expected to give Werdum problems with his striking. Aside from landing a big shot early on, Browne was outclassed in all areas against the Brazilian, though.
In other heavyweight action on Saturday, Derrick Lewis beat Jack May in a battle between UFC newcomers.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Fabricio Werdum (+1)
- Junior dos Santos (-1)
- Travis Browne
- Antonio Silva
- Josh Barnett
- Alistair Overeem
- Stipe Miocic (+1)
- Mark Hunt
- Roy Nelson
- Frank Mir
- Gabriel Gonzaga
- Stefan Struve
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (+1)
- Brendan Schaub (-1)
- Daniel Cormier
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has not won in a long time and looked bad against Roy Nelson, but it was a loss that many expected against a more highly ranked adversary.
"Minotauro" has lost to Top 10 heavyweights Roy Nelson, Fabricio Werdum and Frank Mir since knocking out Brendan Schaub in August 2011. Schaub has only beaten unranked fighters Matt Mitrione and Lavar Johnson since that loss, so he hasn't earned a spot above Nogueira.
Since beating Fabricio Werdum in October 2008, Dos Santos has only lost to Velasquez, while Werdum went on to lose again in a bout with Overeem. "Vai Cavalo" might be riding more momentum, but he hasn't done nearly enough to surpass the former UFC champion in the heavyweight rankings.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC on Fox 11 Heavyweight Fights
- No. 1 Fabricio Werdum defeated No. 3 Travis Browne by unanimous decision.
- Derrick Lewis defeated Jack May by (T)KO in the first round.
UFC 172 Heavyweight Fights