Werdum-Browne No. 1 contender fight will be April FOX main event

UFC president Dana White said Thursday that Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne will headline the FOX UFC Saturday event on April 19 in Orlando. The winner is likely to face Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title.

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A heavyweight No. 1 contender fight between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne was already set for FOX UFC Saturday in April. But now it’s officially the five-round main event.

That’s what UFC president Dana White said Thursday at UFC 169 media day inside Madison Square Garden. Browne and Werdum will headline the April 19 card in Orlando. The winner is likely to get a title shot against UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Velasquez is currently out following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. White said Thursday he might be able to return to training this summer and he’s expected to return to the Octagon in November or December.

Browne (16-1), who fights out of Jackson’s MMA, is coming off a violent first-round knockout win against Josh Barnett at UFC 168 in December. The 31-year-old has now won three straight, including victories over Alistair Overeem and Gabriel Gonzaga.

As for Werdum (17-5), he’s been on the shelf since last June when he submitted Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the second round. He’s won three in a row since returning to the UFC. Werdum, 36, might be best known for ending all-time heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko’s nine-year undefeated streak in 2010 with Strikeforce.