Travis “Hapa” Browne was sitting pretty about a year and a half ago, having scored his third straight stoppage win over an elite UFC heavyweight.
His December 2013 win over Josh Barnett earned an eliminator bout for a title shot, against then-dominant champion Cain Velasquez.
But tough times followed for Browne that big first round TKO of Josh Barnett in Las Vegas — with two losses in two of his next three bouts.
In his last Octagon appearance, the Hawaii native suffered a knockout loss to old friend and training partner Andrei Arlovski.
So how does he want to rebound? By fighting a heavyweight on a hot streak, of course.
A few fights ago, Ben Rothwell had announced his intention to fight “Hapa” but the bout was never made. Now, with Rothwell on a three bout winning streak, Browne’s manager John Fosco has said the time is now for the fight to happen.
The news was announced on last night’s UFC Tonight.
Rothwell, meanwhile, has said he would like to face Andrei Arlovski or Junior Dos Santos — to prove his worth for a title bout with Fabricio Werdum.
Rothwell told MMA Junkie Radio: “I just feel like I need one more win before I make that call. So give me Andrei Arlovski or Junior dos Santos and I’ll prove my case.”