Two heavyweights are set to collide this weekend as hard hitting Travis Browne takes on the UKâ€™s Rob Broughton at UFC 135. Both men are experienced MMA fighters but still relatively new to the UFC roster with each entering the Octagon with wins in their previous bouts. Fans may recall it was Travis Browne who demolished the rising prospect Stefan â€œSkyscraperâ€ Struve just a few months ago at UFC 130. By taking out Struve earned Browne a â€œKnockout of the Nightâ€ award and big bonus. Browne would like to follow up in a similar fashion against Rob Broughton at UFC 135 and keep his momentum going.
Travis â€œHapaâ€ Browne is a hard hitting striker and Brazilian jiu jitsu purple belt. The Hawaiian native holds notable wins over Ultimate Fighter alum James McSweeney with the only blemish to his almost perfect record being a draw against Cheick Kongo at his UFC debut. A win against Broughton could set up a future rematch against Kongo or even bigger names and paydays. Browne is known as a quick finisher who has knocked out most of his opponents in the first round but taking Broughton into the later rounds may be part of his current game plan. Doing so would give him a chance to showcase more of his skills and show the other dimensions of his game.
Rob â€œThe Bearâ€ Broughton is a British heavyweight with a 15-5-1 professional record, he is a freestyle wrestler with a good submission game and a bit of his own KO power. The former Cage Rage heavyweight champion, recently defeated Vinicius Queiroz in his UFC debut and heâ€™ll be looking to add another victory to his current five-fight win streak. Heâ€™ll be fighting for the first time in the US this weekend and has joined forces with Rampage Jacksonâ€™s camp in Colorado in order to train for the bout and adjust to the higher elevations. The hard sparring sessions with Jackson have no doubt prepared â€œThe Bearâ€ for the power of Travis Browne and heâ€™ll have a chance to test his chin in Saturdayâ€™s match up.
Both men have predicted a war in the up coming heavyweight bout but if Travis Browne is looking for the chance to show more of his game heâ€™ll need to use patience. He can expect Broughton will want to close the distance, take him down and submit him but Browne may prefer sticking with his striking. To keep the bout standing he can use a more technical approach, using a jab combined with good foot and head movement would be a good way to keep Broughton on the outside. By delivering leg kicks he can minimize the grapplerâ€™s takedown ability and set up combination strikes to soften up his opponent. Browne can take the bout into later rounds with this approach and doing so would not only test the conditioning but frustrate Broughton. A desperate situation is all Browne will need to finish the fight by TKO in round three and continue his climb up the heavyweight division.