UFC on FX 5: Travis Browne vs Antonio Silva to Headline Minneapolis Event

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UFC on FX 5: Travis Browne vs Antonio Silva to Headline Minneapolis Event

It appears that UFC on FX 5, which was originally scheduled for the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis has received a new location as well as a main event.

The event will be held at the Target Center in Minneapolis on October 5, and will be headlined by a heavyweight scrap between Travis Browne and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

News of the fight was announced by the UFC.

The undefeated Browne (13-0-1) had been set to face Ben Rothwell on the August 4, UFC on FOX 4 card, but an injury forced Rothwell to drop out of the fight. There had been some speculation that Browne would remain on the card, facing a replacement opponent, but that talk never amounted to anything and Browne was removed from the event. 

Since fighting Cheick Kongo to a draw at UFC 120, Browne has fought three times, earning “Of the Night” bonuses in two of those bouts. He took home Knockout of the Night honors with a first-round stoppage of Stefan Struve at UFC 130, while earning Submission of the Night at UFC 145 when he used an arm triangle choke to stop Chad Griggs in the first round.

Silva (16-4) has had a rough go of late. Since beating Fedor Emelianenko to a pulp in the first round of the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix, he has dropped two fights in a row via first-round knockout.

In his first loss, he fell victim to eventual Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier. The other loss came in Silva’s UFC debut, when he was TKO’d by former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the 3:36 mark of Round 1 at UFC 146.

At this point, no other fights have been announced for the October 5 fight card.

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