Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne:
This heavyweight fight to open the main card certainly carries its own points of intrigue, as former champ Velasquez obviously has a ton of questions to answer following a brutal loss to Fabricio Werdum and yet another lengthy layoff due to injury. When healthy, Velasquez is arguably the most effective heavyweight in MMA history, but a long streak of injuries and some questionable game planning against ‘Vai Cavalo’ have unfortunately turned his career into a sort of ‘what if’ scenario.
There’s still time to turn that around if he makes the necessary changes in his training regimen, and if he can use his trademark pressure boxing and wrestling as usual, I see him being able to outwork Browne en route to a late TKO stoppage. ‘Hapa’ doesn’t come without question marks of his own, as he’s obviously been at the forefront of the Ronda Rousey drama as her boyfriend, and his latest win over Matt Mitrione definitely left a lot to be desired. I think Velasquez gets the TKO on the mat in the third round.
Cain Velasquez comes in to the fight with Travis Browne needing to prove a point. Fabricio Werdum unceremoniously dethroned him, after receiving temporary GOAT status during his own reign as champ. ‘Hapa’ is a very dangerous fighter, however, as we’ve seen how his knockout power is delivered through a wide variety of strikes. Staying away from those brutal elbows against the cage will be key for Velasquez, but I feel he has the wrestling chops to do so. I see a gritty affair coming to a bloody end as Cain Velasquez wins by third-round TKO.
It’s hard to predict what version of Velasquez will show up during the main card opener at UFC 200, as the former champion is coming off of a devastating loss as well as yet another injury layoff, but I have a feeling that we’ll see vintage Velasquez in ‘Sin City’. There’s a reason why the Mexican-American was once called the greatest heavyweight of all-time, and I believe that he’ll use his decorated combination of pressure striking and wrestling to get inside on the rangy Browne and break him. Velasquez by second-round TKO.
What better way to kick off the main card of UFC 200 than with a heavyweight showdown that will almost certainly end in a knockout? Both of these men are no strangers to knocking out their opponents, and it won’t be any different in this one. Velasquez is looking to make the climb back to the title picture, while Browne is searching for his first shot at the label of ‘Baddest Man On The Planet.’
With all that being said, I think Velasquez is superior in all aspects of the game, and could very well be on his way to taking on the winner of Miocic vs. Overeem with a thunderous statement against Browne. Velasquez via R2 KO.