Fans knew something was wrong with Travis Browne in the lead-up to getting decked by a right hand from Antonio Silva.
Browne began the fight with his trademark footwork and threw a high kick at his Brazilian opponent.
At the post-fight press conference, Browne stated that he heard his hamstring pop three times. Turns out the injury may have been more severe than a simple hyperextension. MMA Weekly has the details from Browne's Twitter account.
“They said I tore my hamstring, ill be out for 2-4 months,” Browne tweeted. “Luckily no surgery.”
To his credit, Browne didn't attempt to use the injury as an excuse for the loss. The loss was Browne's first of his professional career and also snapped a three-fight win streak inside the Octagon. For Silva, it was his first win in the UFC and allowed the Brazilian to avoid the dreaded three-fight losing streak that generally ends with walking papers.
If Browne can come back as early as January, it could set him up for another possible title run depending how the title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos plays out.
Alistair Overeem is likely to play a big role in the title picture, but after those three, the list of credible challengers at heavyweight all require at least one more fight before a title bout.