There UFC heads to Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend and is showcasing an explosive heavyweight fight between Travis Browne and Antonio Silva. Both of these fighters are defined by their knockout power, which should make this fight a thrilling affair filled with some versatile striking attacks.
Travis Browne comes into this fight with an overall record of 13-0-1. He is coming off an impressive submission win over Chad Griggs back at UFC 145, and he is maybe one win away from challenging for the title, which is currently being reigned by Junior Dos Santos at the moment.
He has notable wins over Stefan Struve, James McSweeney, and Rob Broughton. Travis has an excellent stand up attack, and he uses his reach and power to force opponents into a stand up battle. He also has competent grappling skills if the fight hits the mat. He is one of the most exciting fighters under the Greg Jackson team, and a win over Antonio Silva this weekend cements his status at being a upper eshalante fighter in the heavyweight division.
Anotonio Silva comes into this fight with an overall record of 16-4. He is coming off a bloody TKO loss to Cain Velaszuez earlier in the year, and he will look to rebound off this tough loss when he takes on Travis Browne Friday night. Silva holds notable wins over Fedor Emelianenko, Adrei Arlovski, and Mike Kyle.
Despite his recent loss, Silva is one of the most dangerous fighters on the ground. His size and jiu jitsu black belt skills allow him to suffocate his opponents on top and sink in submissions. He also has one-punch knockout power, which makes him a dangerous fighter to any opponent who stands across from him inside the ring.
This fight should be exciting from start to finish. Travis Browne needs to keep this fight standing in order to pick apart Silva on the feet; he needs to use his footwork and speed in order to find the openings early and often. For Silva, he needs to take this fight to the ground and use his size. He has vicious ground and pound, and he will need to find the openings in order to set up the take downs.