By Josh Reese
UFC 147 will be in Brazil, and it happens to be the birthplace of Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1) who will be taking on Chicago native Mike Russow (15-1-1NC). This is the fight that matters for a few reasons but the main reason this fight has a good chance at facing Alistair Overeem in a number 1 contenders match in December for the right to face Junior Dos Santos (should he beat Cain Velasquez).
Werdum as recently as 2011 medaled in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships, he is known as one of the best Heavyweight submission artist in the world. He ended Fedor Emelianenko’s 9 year unbeaten streak with a 1:09 triangle armbar, 8 of his fights he ended with a submission. His most recent fight against Roy Nelson he showed fans he is not always a one trick pony and picked apart Nelson using good boxing and knees, and earned himself a fight of the night.
Russow is the man not really known among top Heavyweights in the UFC, and is on the cusp of something special. Russow comes in on a quite 10 fight win streak, including 4 in a row in the UFC. Russow has good wrestling, decent KO power, and a underrated submission game. 3 of 17 fights have ended in a decision toss in 1 no contest and you have the making of a exciting fighter.
Per fightmatrix.com Werdum comes in ranked as number 6 with Russow farther down the rankings all the way down at number 18. So if Werdum wins he could crack the top 5 and if Russow wins he will crack the top 10 and earn respect.