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Browne opened the round with a big overhand right that didn't connect with full power. Another big overhand right failed to connect for Browne. They clinched against the cage and Hafa worked inside knees to weaken the Brit. Browne landed several digging leg kicks to the thigh which slowed Broughton. Browne wiffed a front kick but landed a straight right. Broughton had trouble finding his range, failing to connect with anything against the more mobile fighter. An uppercut landed perfectly and backed Rob Broughton up. Hafa attempted a flying knee but it didn't connect. Browne's stand up looked extremely similar to Dominick Cruz's constant movement. He ended the round with a takedown.
The second round opened with Broughton missing a double jab and Browne failing to connect with an uppercut. A digging leg kick landed with authority for Hafa. Travis Browne went to the well one too many times with his front kick and it was caught by Rob Broughton. He stayed on his feet and came forward with a combination and then knees to the head from the Thai clinch. Broughton survived and threw some punches of his own. The leg kicks constantly landed perfectly and always turned Broughton's leg inward. Browne got the fight to the ground and started working big punches from Broughton's back. The round ended with Browne again as the aggressor.
As the third opened Travis Browne was breathing heavily while Rob Broughton looked completely fresh. Broughton landed a huge right hand but failed to follow it up with strikes, opting to attempt a takedown instead. Hafa got the fight to the mat and dropped a hugh punch that landed with incredible accuracy. Browne slowly started working to gain mount and then took Broughton's back. Broughton rolled and and Travis ended up in mount. Broughton started working for an armlock but Browne defended and survived. Broughton almost locked in a picture perfect kimura but failed to lock Browne down. The round ended with both standing and Browne surviving multiple submission attempts.
Travis Browne picked up the unanimous decision but he didn't look great in doing so. He was obviously gassed at the of the fight and barely survived those submissions. He still has plenty to learn to fulfill his potential and he can look at this fight as a learning experience. He remains undefeated in MMA and 3-0-1 in the UFC. Rob Broughton was definitely a game opponent tonight and pushed a highly touted Travis Browne almost to his breaking point. He is now 1-1 in the UFC and 15-6-1 overall in his career. Head over to MMANation to see how Kid Nate saw the fight play out.