In a Heavyweight fight at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage, Travis Browne defeated Rob Broughton by unanimous decision. Browne controlled the fight in both the stand-up and ground game en route to the easy judge's decision. Browne remains undefeated in the UFC, while Broughton now drops to 1-1.
Despite the win, this is not a fight that went well for Travis Browne. After his KO of Stefan Struve, Dana White spoke very highly of Browne, and it seemed this fight was set up to showcase him and add to his highlight reel. Instead, Browne turned in a solid, but not especially noteworthy performance. He controlled Broughton throughout, but never had a chance to inflict big damage and finish him. This is a fight where the winner comes out looking worse.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Sadly, not many. The crowd grew restless in the 2nd round and began booing, which led to a flurry or activity from Browne, but that action was somewhat short lived in this otherwise uneventful fight.
Where do these guys go from here?
A big win would have moved Browne up the ladder, but this kind of victory makes it harder to justify a big fight the next time out. I think it's more likely he'll get another chance to test himself before moving up into the deeper waters if the division. I'd love to see him take on fellow UFC 135 victor Mark Hunt as a good test of Browne's stand-up.
Broughton is now 1-1 in the UFC, and has failed to really impress yet. But thanks to the relative lack of depth in the division, plus the fact that he was not finished here, I don't expect Broughton to be cut just yet. Expect his next fight to be a prelim, and that will almost certainly be do or die time for the Brit.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Never. Browne has some good offense at times, but it's an uneventful fight that leaves neither man looking strong.
More BE coverage of UFC 135 in the full entry.
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UFC 135 Results: Will Rashad Evans Spoil the Jon Jones Era? - Fraser Coffeen
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UFC 135 Results: Two Heavyweight Fights On PPV A Big Mistake - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Says Rashad Evans Doesn't Have His Number - Brent Brookhouse
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UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Mike Fagan
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage Results - Event Doesn't Provide Enough Bang for the Buck - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
UFC 135 Results: Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
UFC 135 Post-Fight Press Conference Coverage - Tim Burke
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Limping Backstage After Dominating Rampage Jackson - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Forces Rampage Jackson to Tap Out - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Main Card - Bloody Elbow
UFC 135 Results: Josh Koscheck Knocks Out Matt Hughes, Doesn't Retire Him - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Mark Hunt Picks Up A Decision In A Grueling Fight - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Travis Browne Defeats Rob Broughton by Unanimous Decision - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Nate Diaz Forces Takanori Gomi to Tap By Armbar - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Tony Ferguson Breaks Aaron Riley's Jaw In The First - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Tim Boetsch Gives Nick Ring His First Career Loss - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Junior Assuncao Fails to Impress with Win Over Eddie Yagin - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Facebook Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Takeya Mizugaki Ends Cole Escovedo With A Knockout - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: James Te Huna Ends Ricardo Romero's Night By KO - Matthew Roth