Travis Browne Agrees to Return from Injury Against Brendan Schaub at UFC 181

September 9, 2014
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Travis BrowneWhile the UFC tends to stack the deck on its annual pay-per-view that takes place around the New Year holiday, UFC 181, which takes place on Dec. 6, is shaping up to be a card with a lot of star power.

UFC 181 already features a headlining showdown between UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and challenger Vitor Belfort, as well as the lightweight championship bout between The Ultimate Fighter 20 coaches Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez.

As of Tuesday, there is also a pivotal heavyweight bout on the card, as Travis Browne is expected to return from injury and face Brendan Schaub as part of the fight card. Independent sources confirmed the bout first reported by

Browne (16-2-1) has been sidelined with a broken hand that he suffered in a loss to Fabricio Werdum in April. That loss derailed his plans to challenge UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

The Hawaiian fighter had been on a three-fight tear, knocking out Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem, and Josh Barnett, before Werdum cemented his spot as Velasquez’s next challenger.

Despite the loss, Browne still sits at No. 3 in the official UFC heavyweight rankings, making him a prime target for a heavyweight trying to put his name into the mix.

Schaub (10-4) knows the feeling of being that streaking heavyweight that ran into a brick wall. At one time, he had won four consecutive bouts before suffering back-to-back defeats. He then got back on the rails with victories over Lavar Johnson and Matt Mitrione, only to have Andrei Arlovski stop him in his tracks in Schaub’s most recent trip to the Octagon.

Browne presents a demanding task for The Ultimate Fighter 10 runner-up, but there’s a lot of upside that comes with the risk of fighting a Top 5 ranked fighter. Schaub has consistently hovered around the entrance to the Top 15. A victory over Browne would propel him into the rankings and possibly give him the confidence to make a run up the division.

UFC 181 takes place on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas.

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  • Drewjitsu

    Hell yeah .. Big brown vs Travis Browne .. I’m taking Travis in this one .. Overall more well rounded and vicious power .. It’s night night for Brendan

    • Ian Price

      Browne is at least a -400 here

      • DREW JITSU

        Early odds or your odds ???

        • Ian Price


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      • TheCerealKiller

        Browne is going to leave him grabbing for ghosts again.

        • DREW JITSU

          Yeah he was on auto pilot and that right there shows instincts when put in that position many fighters grab a refs leg for the takedown but all it is, is instinct and all the training that comes out

  • Brown4eva

    I’m not math magician or mathematician but how does going from fighting Werdum for the #1 contender and losing send you packing down to Brandon Shaub level?? Who has only won 2 god dam fights out of 5 since 2011!! And his last fight he lost !! If anything not only is this unfair to Browne but Schaub has more to gain !!!


      Maybe he just wanted to get in there and get a solid win .. Brendan is top 5 but he does carry the tuf fighter name and has a big fandom due in large part from his podcast with Bryan callen .i think the UFC set this up for an easy win for Browne

      • Lucas Freire

        I’m not trying to be annoying but I think you meant “Brendan ISN’T top5”

        • DREW JITSU

          Yeah must have been auto correct .. Man I ducking hate auto correct on the iphone ..

    • dandogood

      brendan loses well and keeps smiling

  • Dragon Kid

    Browne via first round KO

  • dandogood

    Schaub is terrible why is this loser getting any UFC fights. Schaub is more Bellator. Brendan is the white Kimbo Slice.

  • David Allen Lenig

    ill take brendan shaub in this one. he has something to prove here. and if he doesnt get it done in this fight, he might just be headed for bellator. so i think he will be a little more hellbent on winning this fight…