VFD 5: Travis Browne's Greatest Fights
Next weekend, Travis Browne will face another opponent on his way to the biggest opportunity of his MMA career - a shot at the UFC Heavyweight title. Browne will square off against Fabricio Werdum on April 19, 2014 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. But before he steps inside the Octagon, hereby are five of Travis Browne's greatest performances in the UFC so far:
vs. James McSweeney
Only one year after competing in Mixed Martial Arts, Travis Browne made his debut inside the UFC Octagon. James McSweeney’s record might tell the opposite, but his striking skills are respected by anyone ‘in the know’. Browne finished the fight towards the end of the first round, beating the former K-1 striker with a knockout.
vs. Stefan Struve
The Skyscraper Stefan Struve is the only fighter in the UFC Heavyweight division that is taller than Travis Browne. Struve was a favorite coming to this fight, known for his never die spirit and an impressive record inside the Octagon. Towards the end of Round 1, Travis Browne delivered one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history – a powerful superman punch that literally folded the giant. KO of the Night bonus for Travis Browne and a huge statement for the rest of the UFC Heavyweight division.
vs. Chad Griggs
Firefighter in his free time and a man with the most impressive sideburns in the UFC, Chad Griggs, was a tricky opponent for Travis Browne. All-finishes record of 11-1 and a tough as nails attitude. Yet, Hapa Browne made a quick work of Chad Griggs with an impressive Triangele Choke submission victory in Round 1. This earned Travis Browne a Submission of the Night bonus and some food for thought for Fabricio Werdum ahead of this Saturday night’s clash.
vs. Alistair Overeem
VFD Marketing athlete Alistair “The Reem” Overeem was a big favorite over Travis Browne in this fight. That wasn’t for nothing as he completely dominated Browne, getting very close to get the finish. Yet, Hapa showed an impressive ability to absorb punishment by withstanding the Dutchman’s onslaught, then, in one bright moment it was front kick that dropped the giant. Followed by a vicious ground and pound, and another famous victory for Travis Browne.
vs. Josh Barnett
This was a huge test for Travis Browne. Not only because Barnett fought the who is who of Mixed Martial Arts since the early PRIDE days, but also because this was the very fight where Travis Browne proves his superiority over the rest of the UFC Heavyweight division at this point. Hapa passed this test with flying colors, once again making a huge statement – First round TKO finish.