Travis Browne Thinks There’s No Way That He Or Fabricio Werdum Doesn’t...

Travis Browne Thinks There’s No Way That He Or Fabricio Werdum Doesn’t Get A Title Shot

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After suffering his first-ever career loss at the hands of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva back at UFC on FX 5 in late 2012, surging contender Travis Browne has cut a path through the heavyweight division by destroying Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem, and Josh Barnett in a rapid succession of first round knockouts.

His next challenge will be against No. 2-ranked Fabricio Werdum in the main event of April 19’s UFC on FOX 11 card from Orlando. Legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Werdum will be doing everything he can to avoid standing and trading with “Hapa,” making this bout present a test of a different kind.

With high rankings implications on the line, the winner will most likely face returning heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez sometime later this fall or winter. Browne told AXS TV Fights that whoever comes out victorious undoubtedly deserves the next shot at coveted gold:

“There’s no way that the winner of this doesn’t get a title shot. We deserve it; we earned it. I don’t need to convince anybody that I get a title shot; I let my work do the talking for me.”

“Hapa” has done just that over the past year, becoming arguably one of the most powerful strikers in the sport. His thunderous knockout ability has caused us to see precious little of his overall ground game, something that definitely could be tested to the fullest in Orlando.

However, Werdum will have to get Browne to the mat first, and that’s far from as easy task. The Brazilian ground wizard has been out of action since submitting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC on Fuel TV 10 last June, and it’s safe to say that “Minotauro” has been surpassed in skill by the younger Browne at this point in time.

Can “Vai Cavalo” drag the Hawaiian striker into deep waters?

A huge fan of the sport since 1995, I love writing all aspects of the fight game. As Chief Editor of LowKick MMA, I strive to stay on the cutting edge of all things MMA related.
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/D D

    If they go by the rankings, he's right.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mofocool mofocool

    I like this guy more and more.He reminds me Fedor`s atitude to his opponents,humble and respectful.I hope he will reach the pinnacle of the sport.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/soiWANNABEafighter soiWANNABEafighter

      I gotta agree – so humble and respectful – yet so relentless in the cage! We need a better nickname for him like: "The Brown Fedor" or "The last Hawaiian Emperor"……