Travis Browne vs. Bigfoot Silva: Previews, Odds and Predictions for UFC on FX 5
UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot airs live on October 5 at 8 p.m. ET.
Travis Browne will square off with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the evening's main event. The winner of the fight will join the hunt for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
In the co-main event of the evening Jake Ellenberger and Jay Hieron meet a month later than expected. The fight was originally scheduled for UFC 151, but then the card got cancelled. Now the fight will be given away free on FX.
Also on the main card, Josh Neer fights Justin Edwards, and John Dodson welcomes Jussier da Silva, better known as Formiga, to the UFC.
Here is a look at each fight on the main card, complete with betting odds and predictions.
Justin Edwards vs. Josh Neer
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Justin Edwards (7-2) draws tough veteran Josh Neer (33-11-1) for his fourth UFC outing.
Edwards is 1-2 in his UFC career, but has not faced anyone quite like Neer under the UFC banner. Neer does not have many cares in this world once the cage door closes. He is a battler. Before being knocked out out by Mike Pyle in his last outing, Neer rattled off six consecutive victories.
Both men need a win.
"The Dentist" has fought much tougher competition over the years and will be just a bit too much for Edwards. Neer will grind on Edwards and wear him out by keeping the pace of the fight up and delivering punishment.
When Edwards gets tired, it will give Neer the opportunity to finish the fight with a submission.
Betting Odds: Neer (-340) over Edwards (+260) at Sportsbook.ag
Prediction: Neer defeats Edwards via submission in the second round.
John Dodson vs. Jussier Da Silva
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This flyweight match-up has all the makings to be the Fight of the Night. And UFC President Dana White says that the winner of this fight will be the next in line for a shot at Demetrious Johnson and the UFC Flyweight Championship.
John Dodson (13-5) has the honor of welcoming one of the top flyweights to the UFC, Jussier Formiga (14-1).
Dodson is undefeated since 2010, 4-0, and won The Ultimate Fighter season 14 at bantamweight. His short UFC tenure has been impressive.
Formiga enters the UFC highly regarded. His only blemish is a 2011 unanimous decision loss to Ian McCall. Of his 14 wins, seven have been finished and all seven came by way of submission.
This fight will be a barnburner. Flyweight action is incredibly fast and both men are able to finish a fight in the blink of an eye. Expect this fight to go the full 15 minutes with non-stop action.
Betting Odds: Dodson (-220) over Formiga (+170) at Sportsbook.ag
Prediction: Formiga defeats Dodson by unanimous decision.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron
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Jay Hieron (23-5) returns to the UFC and finds himself thrown right back in to the deep end of the pool against Jake Ellenberger (27-6).
Hieron has not been in the UFC since 2005. He has been remarkable in recent years posting a 13-2 record since 2007. His lone loss in his past 12 fights was a split-decision defeat to Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren.
While Hieron's record is impressive, he has not been facing the level of competition that Ellenberger has. Carlos Condit, Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann are just some of the names he has been fighting since coming to the UFC in 2009.
This could turn in a classic striker versus grappler battle. Ellenberger may try to take this fight to the mat and neutralize Hieron's formidable striking attack. The key to this fight may be Hieron's ability to stay upright against the strong Nebraskan.
Betting Odds: Ellenberg (-290) over Hieron (+230) at Sportsbook.ag
Prediction: Ellenberger defeats Hieron by unanimous decision.
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva
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Travis Browne (13-0-1) steps in to the spotlight to headline his UFC card fight against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (16-4).
Browne has quickly become one of the fighters to watch in the heavyweight division after his recent performances which include a KO win over Stefan Struve. Now he goes directly under the bright lights by headlining the televised event.
Bigfoot quickly entered the discussion as one of the best heavyweights in the world, following his destruction of Fedor Emelianenko. That was quickly subdued by Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez. Now, Silva looks to right the ship and get back in the mix.
Silva has shown vulnerability on the feet, and has a massive target of a head. Browne has shown huge power in his punching. That is typically not a great mix for the one with the oversized noggin. I do not expect it to be one on October 5.
Browne will be able to stay on the outside of Bigfoot and pepper the jiu-jitsu black belt with strikes. Eventually he will land a powerful blow that will drop Bigfoot and finish the fight.
Betting Odds: Browne (-220) over Silva (+170) at Sportsbook.ag
Prediction: Browne defeats Silva by knockout in the first round.