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UFC 200 Fight Preview: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

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Let’s talk about another fight I am really looking forward to that isn’t getting the press it deserves. Cain is an elite fighter, among the best of the best in the world. Injuries have kept him out of the Octagon more than he’d like, but he’s a major star, and this fight is very important to him. Travis Browne needs this win as well, and a win over Cain would position Travis nicely for a potential title shot.

I believe that Cain Velasquez is the best heavyweight in the world. I think the injury bug has really hurt his legacy, but Cain is an amazing fighter and a tremendous athlete. He brings the big fight atmosphere with him, and this fight will loom large on the PPV lineup. Cain can stand, wrestle, submit you, and brings the most well-rounded game in the division. The only issue is, going back six years he only holds victories over Junior Dos Santos and Bigfoot Silva, so there’s not a lot of diverse film to study. To his advantage, he’s been training with Daniel Cormier and iron sharpens iron, and when both guys are in camps at the same time, it’s very advantageous.

Cain Velasquez
UFC Record: 11-2
MMA Record: 13-2

Noteable Wins:
Junior dos Santos x 2 (UD, TKO – 12.29.12, 10.19.13)
Brock Lesnar (TKO, punches – 10.23.10)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (KO, punches – 2.21.10)

Also of Note:
2-time UFC heavyweight champion
Most Heavyweight KO finishes (9) – tied with Andrei Arlovski

Travis Browne
UFC Record: 9-3-1
MMA Record: 18-3-1

Noteable Wins:
Josh Barnett (KO, hellbows – 12.28.13)
Alistair Overeem (KO, strikes – 8.17.13)
Stefan Struve (KO, superman punch – 5.28.11)

Also of Note:
6-time UFC Bonus Winner
Boyfriend of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey
2nd tallest UFC fighter on current roster

Travis Browne is a tough, durable guy who brings his boxing ability and kicks to the cage to do his bidding. He’s a very respectable 9-3-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a win over Matt Mitrione, albeit a win where he fouled Matt numerous times and those fouls played a very major role in the outcome of the fight. Travis is 2-2 in his last 4, and needs a win here, badly.

I would pick Cain over any heavyweight in the division when he’s healthy. He seems to be in good shape, having had a competitive great camp with Daniel Cormier and I feel like Cain will turn back the clock and look tremendous here. I also believe in the science of patterns. Travis has gone win, loss, win, loss, win in his last five fights, meaning he’s due for a loss. I think Cain and he feel each other out a bit, and then Cain opens up and pieces Browne up, leading to a second or third round finish.

Dan has been writing about the sport of MMA for the last 15+ years. During this time, he's met amazing fighters, and awesome friends sitting cage-side covering MMA. The memories and relationships are payment for his passion. Dan got his start as a featured writer for Sherdog.com and now serves as owner and co-host with Evan Shoman and Dion Harrison of The Crimson Canvas Podcast, on the Fight Booth Podcast network. Dan is also a part time contributor to FightBooth.com with pro wrestling, and MMA articles. He thanks Dave Reno for the opportunity and for years of friendship and support.

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