Travis Browne returns to meet Brendan Schaub at UFC 181 in December

UFC heavyweight contender Travis Browne suffered a myriad of injuries against Fabricio Werdum in April, but will come back to face Brendan Schaub in a pivotal bout at UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

Top heavyweight contender Travis Browne (left) meets Brendan Schaub at UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

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"Hapa" is back.

Heavyweight contender Travis Browne has recovered from injuries and will meet Brendan Schaub at UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, sources told FOX Sports. The fight booking was confirmed by UFC officials.

We last saw Browne (16-2-1) in a title eliminator loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC Fight Night on FOX in April. Browne broke his hand, rib and nose in that bout, which was dominated by Werdum, who now meets Cain Velasquez at UFC 180 on Nov. 15 in Mexico City. Browne, 32, still has only two career losses, and the first came to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva when Browne tore his hamstring in the middle of the fight. The Hawaiian remains ranked No. 3 among heavyweight contenders.

Schaub (10-4) is also coming off a loss, but one he should have won. The Colorado native fell in a split decision to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 174 in June, even though most had Schaub winning on the scorecards. Even though he won two in a row before that, the 31-year-old fell out of the heavyweight rankings after the Arlovski bout. "Big Brown" will have a chance to earn the biggest win of his career against Browne in December.

UFC 181 is headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort. The co-main event is a lightweight title fight pitting champ Anthony Pettis against Gilbert Melendez. It wasn't immediately clear whether Browne-Schaub would be on the pay-per-view main card, but it seems likely.

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