A battle of giants is set to take place on October 5th headlining UFC on FX 5 with Antonio “Big Foot” Silva set to take on the undefeated Travis Browne.
Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (16-4) is anxious to fight Travis Browne and prove that he deserves to be in the UFC. Silva, who holds notable wins over big names such as Andrei Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko, is looking to score an impressive win to pull out of a two fight losing streak, including a disappointing TKO stoppage in the first round to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez. Silva hopes to work his way up the heavyweight ladder and eventually fall in range of a title shot; but first he must stop the always exciting Travis Browne and earn his first win inside the Octagon.
Travis Browne (13-0-1) is undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career and is a fast rising star within the UFC. Browne has five wins in the UFC including a TKO over James McSweeney and a draw against Cheick Kongo. At 6’-7” and with a reach of 78”, Browne is a heavyweight among heavyweights. Not only is Browne a sizable fighter, he has uncanny speed and finesse to boot. Yes it seems that Browne has the makings of a truly great fighter, but is it too soon for him to cast his lot in the big leagues?
The UFC on FX 5 main event should be a very exciting matchup. Both fighters are strong and have crazy knockout power. If the fight stays standing this could turn into a real slugfest, which will either be decided by Silva’s wild power or Browne’s more skillful striking. If this goes to the ground Silva will have a more distinct advantage, as Browne has never fought someone of Silva’s caliber on the ground. If the fight does go to the ground and Browne manages to land on top however, then his superior ground and pound could render Silva as helpless as he was with Cain Velasquez in his last fight.
The outcome of Silva vs. Browne will have a major impact on both fighters’ careers. If Browne can beat a big name like Antonio Silva he could launch his career to new heights, as well as be one step closer to a heavyweight title shot. With two straight losses, Silva cannot afford to lose. Unless Silva can prove that he is the incredible fighter that everyone thought he would be after he defeated the great Fedor, he might just find a pink slip waiting for him.
Lots will be riding when these two walk into the Octagon this Friday at UFC on FX 5.