Fabricio Werdum has had quite the career renaissance in the past several years, culminating in his dramatic first-round stoppage of Chicago policeman and fellow heavyweight Mike Russow on Saturday night at UFC 147 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
After floundering around in the wake of being destroyed by current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 90 in October 2008, his dramatic submission win over Fedor Emelianenko in a June 2010 Strikeforce bout has been pointed to as something that has seemingly become a watershed moment in Werdum's career.
But if you wanted to know the point when the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace finally turned the corner and became the well-rounded heavyweight contender we thought he could be, Saturday night was it.
Werdum's striking game has improved dramatically from his Strikeforce fight with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in November 2009 until this point in one key regard. He's gone from having functional striking ability that set up his elite-level BJJ ski...