I've heard a bunch of people questioning Browne's decision to throw high kicks so early in the fight, but IMO he was looking to straight kickbox with Bigfoot, who is somewhat flatfooted and doesn't really have alot of lateral movement and footwork, which I think Browne and his camp were looking to take advantage of this by keeping Bigfoot out of reach with kicks. The last thing Browne needed was for Bigfoot to get hands on Browne and work the clinch and for takedowns, so I regarded Browne's kicks to get Bigfoot on the periphery.
MY MMA RANKINGS
HW Velasquez Cigano Werdum Cormier Bigfoot Barnett Mir Browne Nelson
LHW Jones Machida Evans Hendo Davis Goose Teixeira Shogun Mousasi Bader
MW ASilva Belfort Weidman Jacare Okami Rockhold Kennedy Consta Bisping Boetsch
WW GSP Hendricks Condit MacDonald Diaz Maia Fitch Kampmann Ellenberger Pyle
LW Bendo Alvarez Maynard Melendez Thomson J.Miller Diaz Pettis Chandler Grant dos Anjos
FW Aldo Mendes Curran Lamas Frankie Zombie Cub Lentz Kawajiri Siver