It’s a sobering commentary on the UFC heavyweight division that Travis Browne is arguably its most intriguing young contender.
This is by no means a critique of Browne. As he readies for a nationally televised title eliminator against Fabricio Werdum on Saturday, Browne’s status as a top challenger should be self-evident.
The Hawaii native and Greg Jackson product has duly earned his spot across the cage from Werdum, transforming himself from toolsy prospect to bona fide championship threat during a four-year tenure in the UFC. He sports an impressive 7-1-1 record in the promotion, and in his last three fights, he laid waste to Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett with varying degrees of extreme prejudice.