10 Facts You Should Know About Browne vs. Gonzaga
It’s fight week! On April 13, VFD Sports Marketing athlete Travis Browne will step inside the Octagon to face Gabriel Gonzaga in the co-main event of TUF 17 Finale event in Las Vegas, Nevada. This much anticipated Heavyweight encounter is highly important for both fighters, as they are looking to secure their spot in the mix for a shot at the title.
More than anything, Browne vs. Gonzaga is an interesting clash of styles, and perhaps different eras of the UFC Heavyweight division. Below you will find 10 interesting facts about Browne vs. Gonzaga match-up.
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1st UFC event to be held at one of the major Las Vegas venues
TUF Finale events were previously held at Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be the first TUF card held at Mandalay Bay Events Center, which already hosted some of the biggest fights in UFC history. Travis Browne previously fought at the MGM Grand, where he viciously knocked out Stefan Struve in Round 1.
2nd consecutive time Travis Browne occupies one of the two top spots on the card
Just some six months ago Travis “Hapa” Browne headlined UFC on FX 5 against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. This time Big Papa Hapa is part of the co-main event, and one of most anticipated fights of this card against Gabriel Gonzaga.
25 KO/TKO and Submission finishes combined
Don’t blink. Browne and Gonzaga are both finishes, who have a lot to prove in this fight. This one is definitely a KO of the Night candidate.
13 Victories inside the Octagon
Gabriel Gonzaga and Travis Browne are both Top 10 Heavyweights, with sights on getting back in the mix for a shot at the title. Victory over Gabriel Gonzaga will be a huge statement for Travis Browne after the unfortunate turn of events against Antonio Silva.
Gonzaga is a BJJ Black Belt
Gabe Gonzaga is a well-respected grappler. That’s his biggest strength in this fight. Travis Browne has a clear advantage in stand-up, and should avoid going to the ground with Gonzaga by any means available. Keep it standing, and you’ll get the knockout!
3 Years Older (Gonzaga)
Age is just a number, but Gonzaga been in the game for so much longer. Travis Browne should use his ‘younger approach’ to the sport as an advantage. There's no doubt that Hapa has a trick or two he can pull out off his sleeve against "Napao" Gonzaga.
5 Inches Taller, 4-Inch Reach Advantage
That’s Hapa’s biggest weapon in this fight. Height and reach. He should keep it standing, maintain distance and avoid the takedown. From there, Browne could dictate the pace and get the TKO finish.
9th UFC Event this year
Keep in mind that we have 4(!) high-profile UFC events in April. TUF 17 Finale is followed by UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez (we have Nate Diaz on that card) on April 20th, and then by UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen on April 27 (Leonard Garcia and Erik Perez fight on the same night as well!).
Gabriel Gonzaga was already 6 years in the game when Travis Browne made his professional debut. This just shows how fast was Browne’s rise to stardom.
2,200 Miles - Distance between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Ludlow, Massachusetts
Can’t say Travis Browne will have any type of home advantage in this fight, but at least Las Vegas is closer to Albuquerque than it is to Ludlow, Massachusetts (Gabriel Gonzaga's hometown).