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UFC on Fox 5: Is Travis Browne a Darkhorse Heavyweight Contender?

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21:  Travis Browne celebrates defeating Chad Griggs by tap out from an arm triangle during their heavyweight bout for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIISeptember 30, 2012

Heavyweights are some of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster. Names such as champion Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem are well known by all fans.

But here's a name that if you don't know right now, you will soon. Let me introduce you to Travis "Hapa" Browne.

Browne is a Greg Jackson-trained heavyweight with a perfect 13-0 record. He has four impressive wins inside the Octagon and a draw against Cheick Kongo.

"Hapa" has a wealth of highlights inside the UFC, including a wicked superman punch KO against Stefan Struve and a flying knee followed by an arm-triangle submission against Chad Griggs.

Travis Browne appears to be getting better with each passing fight. Despite being six feet seven inches tall, Browne is quick and moves extremely well. He utilizes his reach well, and his striking is on par and getting better.

He has also begin to show his developing submission game, most recently using it to tap out Chad Griggs at UFC 145.

After his latest win, Browne was awarded a big-name fight that could push him up the heavyweight ladder if he wins. He draws a main event assignment against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.

This is an intriguing match up, and if Browne can dispatch "Bigfoot", he will definitely be vaulted up the heavyweight pecking order.

Browne has all the skills to become a heavyweight contender. If he strings together a few more impressive wins, Browne could garner some serious attention from high-level heavyweights.

Browne is a dark horse heavyweight poised to make some serious noise. Get behind him now because the best is yet to come.

Tweet me @FuscoNation16.

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