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  • 01-08-2014, 11:54 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Travis Browne’s UFC heavyweight title eliminator hinges on new contract
    The UFC is reportedly planning a heavyweight title eliminator for this spring, but before that happens, one of the contenders has to sign a new contract.

    Travis Browne (15-1-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC), who beat Josh Barnett to earn a No. 1 contender bout, is currently negotiating a new deal with the promotion so he can fight Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC), his manager today told MMAjunkie.

    “There’s no deal done between the UFC and Travis Browne right now, but all the talks that have been had up to this point indicate that we will be getting something done in the very near future, and they’ve always been fair with Travis,” said John Fosco of VFD Marketing, who’s represented the fighter since 2010.

    Browne knocked out Barnett with vicious elbows at this past month’s UFC 168 event. Prior to the bout, the UFC confirmed that the winner would fight Werdum, who previously was designated the No. 1 contender before champion Cain Velasquez (13-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) was benched with a shoulder injury.

    Werdum today told MMAFighting.com that the title eliminator would be a five-round headliner and is targeted for March, so time is of the essence for the Browne camp.

    “The UFC would like the deal done yesterday,” said Fosco, who added Browne “wants to be a UFC champion” when asked whether he was free to entertain offers from other promotions.

    Werdum said he has trained with Browne and implied the knockout artist would struggle if they hit the ground.
  • 01-08-2014, 10:20 PM
    1inthechamber
    Like this fight but I want a double ko lol.

    Browne probably takes this in the first 2 rounds. Werdum will probably just look for takedowns or clinch to pull guard and that's not gonna end well.
  • 01-08-2014, 09:30 PM
    The8thPlague
    Werdum is taking a limb home with him.
  • 01-08-2014, 06:27 PM
    nbm02ss
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedorlei Gomipierre View Post
    Still not sold on Browne, haven't seen enough of the overall game and wasn't impressed by his performances against Overeem and Bigfoot and IMO feel as though there's a gameplan out there to beat Browne and that some guys just don't have enough time to employ it(I think Gonzaga would've gotten him down and tapped/TKO'd him had he not gotten smashed by some incredibly suspect elbows).

    Browne may be the "better athlete" here, but I still believe Werdum's BJJ is so great and his striking is capable enough and thoughtful enough not to get sloppy, while I believe that Browne isn't tremendously polished enough... I'm thinking Werdum gets a sub victory.
    I think the plan to beat Browne is to not try for a double leg with Browne's back against the cage.
  • 01-08-2014, 06:23 PM
    SMGRIFFIN
    HW division has certainly taken a back seat from the recent high it was riding. I think Werdum/Browne has the making to be a good fight, however, I'm going to call a 1st round win for Brown (I've been burnt twice now). I'm looking forward to the fight but don't see this being a big draw for the UFC. They better stack a strong overall card.

    At least it provides a true #1 contender to fight Cain. If AO def. Mir, I wouldn't mind seeing him matched up with JDS. Outside three fights (Werdum/Browne, AO vs JDS and Werdum/Browne winner vs Cain), I'm not seeing any great fights on the horizon.

    Am I missing something?
  • 01-08-2014, 06:20 PM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre
    Still not sold on Browne, haven't seen enough of the overall game and wasn't impressed by his performances against Overeem and Bigfoot and IMO feel as though there's a gameplan out there to beat Browne and that some guys just don't have enough time to employ it(I think Gonzaga would've gotten him down and tapped/TKO'd him had he not gotten smashed by some incredibly suspect elbows).

    Browne may be the "better athlete" here, but I still believe Werdum's BJJ is so great and his striking is capable enough and thoughtful enough not to get sloppy, while I believe that Browne isn't tremendously polished enough... I'm thinking Werdum gets a sub victory.
  • 01-08-2014, 06:02 PM
    nbm02ss
    Whoever wins gets their skull polished and mounted in Cain's spaceship.
  • 01-08-2014, 04:08 PM
    Fe1
    I would love to see Browne pull this off. Not a big Werdum fan here. Maybe I'm just still a little bitter over the whole Fedor thing...
  • 01-08-2014, 03:32 PM
    Rise
    Quote Originally Posted by IceCold48 View Post
    Can't see this being much of a draw. The heavyweight division hass seemingly lost the drawing power it once had and I have no idea why.
    Just no depth in the HW division, the top couple guys are significantly better then the rest of the division, and there are really no solid prospects that are standing out as future contenders/champs.

    And with guys like Mir, Overeem, and Nelson having poor showings that really doesn't help either.
  • 01-08-2014, 03:04 PM
    KevoOnTheRadio
    Quote Originally Posted by IceCold48 View Post
    Can't see this being much of a draw. The heavyweight division hass seemingly lost the drawing power it once had and I have no idea why.
    AO sucks
    Mir is on the downside
    Randy is gone
    Lesnar is gone
    Shane Carwin is gone
    Nelson is on the downside

    You've got Cain and JDS, some guys past their prime, some guys who haven't hit their prime, and some guys who never had a prime.
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