It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Travis Browne. But it shouldn’t be much longer.
UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani reported Wednesday that Browne resumed training three weeks ago after recovering from a broken hand and broken rib he sustained in a loss to Fabricio Werdum in April. The 6-foot-7 heavyweight should be 100 percent by the end of September and hopes to return no earlier than November.
Browne (16-2-1) is coming off that unanimous decision loss to Werdum at UFC Fight Night on FOX in Orlando. Werdum dominated that bout, which was a title eliminator. A victory would have earned Browne a title shot against Cain Velasquez. Instead, Werdum will challenge the champion at UFC 180 on Nov. 15 in Mexico City.
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Browne, 32, who trains out of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., is still ranked No. 3 among UFC heavyweight contenders. It’s unclear who we would meet in his return bout, but someone like No. 15 Brendan Schaub, also coming off a loss, would make sense.