UFC 135 breakdown: Browne vs. Broughton
Travis Browne (11-0-1) vs. Rob Broughton (15-5-1)
The knockout artist Browne is looking to keep his unblemished record intact against the former Cage Rage beltholder Broughton.
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Browne, 30, has finished nine of his 12 fights by knockout. After a close draw against Cheick Kongo in a bout many observers had scored in his favor, Browne made an emphatic statement with a first-round knockout win over Dutch prospect Stefan Struve in May.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt, Browne has joined Greg Jackson's camp in New Mexico as he tries to round out his game. The hard-hitting Hawai'ian will likely opt to trade bombs with Broughton, who is known for his submission grappling skills.
Broughton, 28, is coming off a submission win over Vinicius Queiroz at UFC 120 in October 2010. A product of Britain's acclaimed Wolfslair Academy, Broughton has dispatched a few familiar faces in his career, including James Thompson, Neil Grove and Eric "Butterbean" Esch.
In his two wins over Thompson, Broughton proved he packs a heavy punch. However, he should utilize his wrestling base to wear Browne down.
Browne has yet to taste defeat and he's already tested himself against better fighters. If he can stuff Broughton's takedowns, he should land a fight-ending blow to remain undefeated and move on to more intriguing challenges in his UFC career.