UFC on FX 5 Results: Five Fights for Travis Browne to Take Next
It was clear to most of the home audience as well as the announcers that Browne had done damage to his knee early in the first round. A replay after the fight's closing moments showed that Browne tweaked his knee while stepping in for a kick.
Getting healthy is the most important thing for "Hapa," but once he returns, rebuilding the momentum he once enjoyed will be first on his priority list.
Here is a look at five fights for Travis Browne to take next.
Geronimo Dos Santos
Winning 16 of his last 18 bouts, Geronimo dos Santos was bringing a truckload of momentum into his UFC 153 debut. Unfortunately, the Brazilian withdrew from his bout with Gabriel Gonzaga for unspecified reasons.
MMAJunkie.com suggests that the bout was scrapped so Gonzaga can step in and meet Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier on November 3. If that is the case, dos Santos is available for a bout in the near future and could postpone until Browne is ready to return.
If Browne defeats dos Santos, will he steal the momentum that his opponent brought to the cage?
An ankle injury forced Ben Rothwell out of a planned bout with Browne back at UFC on Fox 4. Once both men return from their respective injuries, there is no good reason that the bout can't go on as planned.
Both heavyweights have knockout power, and their original collision was the sort of bout that all but guaranteed a violent finish.
The imported Strikeforce heavyweights are doing a fantastic job of derailing UFC fighters who have lots of momentum behind them. Browne was knocked out by Bigfoot Silva, and earlier this year, Mike Russow was steamrolled by Fabricio Werdum.
The loss was the first in Russow's UFC career. Prior to that, he won four consecutive bouts against the likes of Todd Duffee, Jon Olav Einemo and Jon Madsen.
When Browne is ready to return, a bout with Russow will ensure that one man gets back on the right track.
Shane Del Rosario
Speaking of getting back on the right track, the next fighter on our list is Shane del Rosario. The California fighter carried a flawless 11-0 record into his UFC debut back in May.
Unfortunately, del Rosario was unable to get past fellow undefeated fighter Stipe Miocic, and he was finished with strikes in the second round.
Browne and del Rosario are in very similar shoes. Let them duke it out and see whose star is ready to rise once again.
Yet another undefeated fighter who got smashed in their most recent bout? Why not?
Stipe Miocic is an NCAA Division I wrestler who was a Golden Gloves boxing champion prior to entering his MMA career. Recently given an opportunity to best a Top-10 opponent, Miocic met Stefan Struve in the main event of last weekend's UFC on FUEL TV event, but was knocked out in the second round.
The reason that this fight is my top choice for Browne's next fight is due to timing. Fighting one week apart and barring any serious injury to Hapa's knee, both men should be ready to return in the first quarter of 2013.
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