While this match was originally set to feature “Big” Ben Rothwell, an injury made it possible for Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva could get a second chance at a big UFC match-up. The problem is he is facing a big Hawaiian who could pose many difficult problems for him. Last weeks match-up between Stipe and Struve was said to produce a top five heavyweight, so you would have to assume that the winner here (especially if Browne) is a top five contender as well.
Travis Browne has been hot and cold in his UFC career sometimes. When he is on, he seems unstoppable, but he has had some bad performances against subpar fighters. His knockouts of James McSweeney and Stefan Struve were amazing. Then again the draw with Cheick Kongo and poor performances against Rob Broughton have weighed him down. If he is able to beat Antonio SIlva convincingly it would make a true statement that he is ready. The only three people to beat Silva in the last three years are Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez, and Fabricio Werdum. That is some great company to be among.
Antonio Silva was thought to be the next big thing after being the first man to stop Fedor with punches. Unfortunately finishes at the hands of Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez has pretty much quelled that thought. It seems that Antonio needs to work on his ground defense and the ability to evade punches. Both times his chin has failed him, and even against smaller faster fighters. Hopefully, Antonio has worked on his ground control, because on the ground on top is where he needs to be in this fight.
The Bottom Line:
Travis seems to be hitting his stride as of late while Antonio has looked to have fallen off. Look for another TKO stoppage loss for Bigfoot in the second round. Hapa earns his fourth straight UFC victory.