Fabricio Werdum didn’t need to use his Brazilian jiu-jitsu against Mike Russow Saturday night. Instead, Werdum picked Russow apart, earning a TKO victory at UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II.
Werdum dropped Russow and finished him off with several strikes to the head before referee Herb Dean stepped into call the fight. The win was the fifth knockout triumph for Werdum.
“I am very happy to be here (in Brazil),” Werdum said. “I have been training a lot. I would like for all of you (fans) to know how happy I am feeling.”
The win improved Werdum to 16-5-1 in his career, and 2-0 since returning to the UFC. His last loss inside the Octagon came against current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, who Werdum would like nothing more than to face again.
“I am really, really happy,” Werdum said. “But I want ‘Cigano.’ I know he is a champion, but I am ready for him.”
Russow falls to 15-2 after suffering his first knockout defeat. He had not lost since 2007 against Sergei Kharitonov via submission.