Travis Browne once again showed why he is to be regarded as one of the top heavyweights in the UFC. Taking on an equally experienced Brendan Schaub, “Hapa” took him out in the first round after catching him coming in with a counter uppercut. Schaub showed off his survival skills, but ultimately Browne pounded him out from top position.
Browne made sure to utilize his reach from the start and kept Schaub on the outside. After getting back up to his feet and avoiding Schaub’s attempt to explode in with punches, Browne landed a picture perfect uppercut to put Schaub on the mat. From there Browne took his time to establish top position. From the mount then to the back, Referee Mario Yamasaki gave Schaub every chance to escape the position, but Yamasaki intervened after an onslaught of punches from the back mount.
A big win for Travis Browne who again established himself at the top of the division. I knew his reach was going to be a big tool for him on the feet because of Schaub’s likeliness to try and explode in with a right hand. Because of the reach difference, Schaub hit nothing but air throughout the majority of the first round. It was just a matter of time before Browne could time the big counter shot.