Travis “Hapa” Browne is the fastest rising prospect in the UFC heavyweight division today. Last year Browne further cemented his status in the heavyweight division with a Superman punch knockout of Stefan Struve at UFC 130 and a second victory over Rob Broughton at UFC 135 in Denver. The undefeated Hawaiian prospect has only one bad spot on his record, a draw to Cheick Kongo, and he looks to move up into the upper echelon of the UFC heavyweight division. Browne now trains at Jackson’s MMA alongside UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. He hopes to use a win tonight to set up a fight with a top-tier heavyweight.
Chad “Gravedigger” Griggs has had quite a journey on his road to the UFC. At one time Griggs contemplated walking away from the sport until a call to step in and face Bobby Lashley at Strikeforce Houston changed all of that. After beating Lashley, Griggs rattled a total of three Strikeforce victories, all by stoppage, and now Chad sits ready to make his UFC debut.
Griggs is giving up 20 pounds and over four inches in height in this bout. Browne is going to look to end this fight in devastating fashion as a message to his bosses. However, “Gravedigger” has won all of his fights by stoppage and he is durable and able to get inside of range to land power punches. Griggs should be able to get inside and hand Travis his first career loss.