Fabricio Werdum returned to the win column last night at UFC 203, but a lot of folks are talking about what went down after the bout, rather than during it.
Werdum outstruck Travis Browne in the card’s co-headliner, and earned a unanimous decision win. As the fighters were in the Octagon awaiting the decision, however, Werdum and Browne’s boxing coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, had a lil’ incident…Tarverdyan yelled at Werdum after he responded to booing fans by pretending to cry. Then, things got really dicey, after Werdum front kicked in Tarverdyan’s direction.
Well, thankfully a full-out brawl didn’t go down, and cooler heads prevailed. During the post-fight presser, Werdum claimed this is what happened (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“He said shut up your mouth motherf***er,” Werdum said.
“I just keep my distance, I don’t want to kick him, I just keep the distance, you know, he’s a boxing coach, and I see in his eyes he wants to punch my face. And I just want to keep the distance. But he comes first. He says a lot of things, a lot of bad things.”
It was a strange ending to a bout that also had an odd beginning. Early on into the fight, Browne called for a halt to the action, due to what was an apparent issue with his finger. The doctor was called in, and Browne insisted he could continue to fight, and the action resumed.
All this aside, it will be interesting to see who the UFC decides will face the heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic next. Cain Velasquez is coming off a more dominant win over Browne, but Werdum holds a win over Velasquez…Miocic, however, KO’d Werdum in May.
Miocic stopped Alistair Overeem in the UFC 203 headliner to defend the heavyweight title.