The UFC announced the first matches for their April 19th UFC on FOX 11 card this week. The card will feature a heavyweight battle that will almost certainly decide the next title challenger as Travis Browne faces of against Fabricio Werdum. A high profile women’s match between Meisha Tate and Liz Carmouche was also announced, as both women try to bounce back from losses in their last bouts.
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Tate versus Carmouche pits probably the two most recognizable women fighters on the UFC roster this side of the champion Ronda Rousey. Carmouche was Rousey’s debut UFC fight, and Tate is ‘Rowdy Ronda’s long time rival that just spent a season on the TUF reality show opposite Rousey.
In November, Carmouche fell to 1-2 in the UFC with a loss to Alexis Davis, while Tate lost to Rousey a second time in their December matchup, putting both women in a must win situation. For Carmouche, she does not want to be the first woman on the roster with 3 official UFC losses. Tate faces that same 3rd loss wall, and she is yet to even taste victory in the UFC.
When it comes down to it, this fight will be a near pic em fight, and could be ‘Fight of the Night’ material. The high skill level of the women has been apparent in MMA before the UFC started doing women’s fighting, and when a matchup is made that is meaningful, it has historically stolen the show. This match has that type of potential as both women are among the best in the world, and both have their backs to the wall and need a victory.
The Browne versus Werdum matchup is clearly for the next shot at Cain Velasquez, the UFC Heavyweight Champion who is recovering from shoulder surgery. It is anyone’s guess where the line might come in on this fight, as Werdum is a long time veteran with a very efficient game, but Browne is riding a wave of momentum as he took out Josh barnett in his last outing and has a 3 KO winning streak. If either man is too big a favorite, the underdog may be worth a deeper look, it is that type of fight.