Aside from his epic knockout of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in April 2007, Gabriel Gonzaga hasn't had much success against high-level strikers. Heavy hitters Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin put Gonzaga away in the first round, while Brendan Schaub bested the Brazilian in a three-round bout that saw both fighters standing for the most part.
While his most recent outing didn't showcase his stand-up skills, Browne is one of the more athletic strikers in the heavyweight division.
The Jackson's MMA product holds a knockout win over Stefan Struve that came via superman punch.
While Browne is an excellent striker on his feet, we haven't gotten to see much of his ground-and-pound. He'll go to the ground if needed, but Browne would much prefer to stand and use his long reach against shorter heavyweight opponents like Gonzaga.
A world-class jiu-jitsu practitioner, Gonzaga has been more focused on working toward submissions when his fights go to the ground. The Brazilian has forced taps from Ben Rothwell and Ednaldo Oliveira in his past two outings, but that doesn't mean he won't look to do damage from the top if that's what Browne gives him.
Gonzaga finished off a wrestler in Chris Tuchscherer with strikes on the ground and is capable of doing the same against a somewhat inexperienced grappler in Browne.
Power and Durability
Browne and Gonzaga possess plenty of knockout power, each earning multiple wins via strikes inside the Octagon.
Both heavyweights have also been stopped themselves, though.
Four of Gonzaga's five UFC losses have ended in knockouts, while Browne just tasted defeat for the first time when he was overwhelmed by the powerful punches of Antonio Silva.
If this fight does stay standing, it's unlikely to go the distance.
Overall Striking Edge: Push