Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fabricio Werdum, Cub Swanson and Rich Franklin: Three stars from a full weekend of MMA

After a UFC double-header, who stuck out as the best from UFC on FX 4 and UFC 147? Read on for Cagewriter's picks, and write yours in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter.

No. 1 star -- Fabricio Werdum: The former Strikeforce heavyweight is 2-0 since rejoining the UFC. Though his jiu-jitsu is feared, he showed against Mike Russow he can strike with the best of the division, finishing a fighter who had never been knocked out before.

No. 2 star -- Cub Swanson: We've heard of the potential of Swanson for years, but injury often got in his way. Swanson showed he was more than just potential as he took out Ross Pearson with a punishing TKO, his second straight TKO win.

No. 3 star -- Rich Franklin: After proving his company man status once again, stepping in for the injured Vitor Belfort, Franklin won an exciting five-rounder against fellow legend Wanderlei Silva. Afterwards, he charmed the Brazilian crowd by speaking Portuguese to them. You can't ask for much more from a fighter.


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