October 3, 2012

By Anton Gurevich


This Friday, VFD Sports’ heavy-hitter Travis “Hapa” Browne will enter the Octagon for the sixth time in his UFC career, facing Antonio Silva in the main event of UFC on FX 5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fresh off his Submission of the Night victory over Chad Griggs at last April’s UFC 145, Browne will be looking to make a title shot statement against Silva, who’s widely considered as one of the most dangerous opponents in the UFC Heavyweight division.

Nicknamed “Bigfoot” for his intimidating appearance, Silva has proved his worth as a fighter on numerous occasions, including the memorable encounter with Fedor Emelianenko, which contributed to the Russian’s decision to retire from MMA competition. However, Hapa is no stranger to danger when it comes to fighting UFC’s “big men”. Stefan Struve will tell you everything about it.

So what are Travis Browne’s keys to victory on October 5th? Let’s have a quick look.

No Fear

Travis Browne is getting inside the Octagon with a 265lb Brazilian, who’s also a BJJ black belt. If he hesitates for too long, or gives Antonio Silva too much space, this could turn ugly. Browne needs to go guns blazing on Antonio Silva, who has history of cracking under pressure against Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez.

Keep it Standing

As I mentioned before, Antonio Silva is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Yes, Travis Browne has some tricks of his own, but “Bigfoot” will be the heavier man inside the Octagon, and that’s a huge advantage on the ground. Browne’s explosive striking is his main weapon against Antonio Silva, combined with leg kicks, and the famous superman punch that earned him KO of the Night bonus against Stefan Struve.

Quick Finish

The fight between Travis Browne and Antonio Silva is scheduled for five five-minute rounds. Travis Browne needs to get a quick finish to avoid what would be a completely unnecessary War of Attrition inside the cage. Browne has 9 KO/TKO and 2 Submission finishes out of 13 professional MMA bouts. It’s the perfect fight to put this ratio to good use.

Prediction – Travis Browne will get the finish early in the second round, via TKO.



Anton Gurevich is the European Marketing Manager for VFD Sports, based in The Netherlands.