UFC on FX 5 rescheduled; Travis Browne to face Antonio Silva in main eventPosted on July 27, 2012, 01:22 PM by Mike Drahota
With questions surrounding UFC on FX 5 scheduled for September and the recent injury of Heavyweight Ben Rothwell, the UFC has decided to overhaul plans for this event. Rescheduled for October 5th and moved from Indianapolis to Minneapolis, Minnesota, Travis Browne will now face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in lieu of Rothwell in the main event. Browne and Rothwell were scheduled to go face-to-face at UFC on Fox 4 on August 4th, but the rising Heavyweight contender Browne was apparently needed to bolster the roster of UFC on FX 5.
The card is appearing to lack star power, and Browne is an up-and-coming star, having gone undefeated in the UFC's highest division. Antonio Silva was quite highly regarded himself last year, but vicious defeats to Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez took most of the luster away from him. It will be interesting to see how Silva can rebound in his attempt to prove his relevancy. A third straight loss may send him packing to another organization, as he has not put up much of a fight in his two most recent losses. With a win, Browne should find himself in line for a shot at a top-ranked Heavyweight as he continues his quest towards UFC gold.
While it is good to see the UFC returning to Minneapolis for the first time in four years, this is the only confirmed fight as of yet. Featherweights Diego Nunes vs. Bart Palaszewski are rumored to be moved over for the card, but that is a bout which only the most hardcore fans will be talking about. The shifting and rescheduling of this event could be considered cause to wonder if the UFC is putting on too many cards and spreading itself too thin. Usually we do not see a card rescheduled with only two bouts only two months prior. If this or any other UFC events in the near future fail to deliver in some form, the UFC does risk losing some fans. Hopefully this is not the case. What are your thoughts on the rescheduling of UFC on FX 5?