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Who would have even considered this bout one year ago? One was chilling in Strikeforce, making his mark with with nasty sideburns and improbable victories. The other was coming off a brutal draw in one of the most boring fights ever. These guys are ready to throw down in Atlanta though. Travis Browne (12-0-1, 3-0-1 UFC) meets Chad Griggs (11-1, 0-0 UFC).
Browne is currently sitting at number 15 in the heavyweight division on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, while Griggs is unranked. Browne's probably not going to move up much with a win, but Griggs would probably make his way onto the board if he can become the first man to beat Hapa. This heavyweight UFC 145 bout is the sixth and final fight on the preliminary card and the featured bout of the televised portion of the vent, and will air live on FX. The FX broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Browne: 29 years old | 6'7" | 78" reach
Griggs: 33 years old | 6'3" | 73" reach
What have these two done recently?
Browne: W - Rob Broughton (UD) | W - Stefan Struve (KO) | D - Cheick Kongo
Griggs: W - Valentijn Overeem (SUB) | W - Gian Villante (TKO) | W - Bobby Lashley (TKO)
How did these two get here?
Travis "Hapa" Browne started his career with nine straight wins (the last coming over Dick Delaware) before he was signed by the UFC. He debuted at the TUF 10 Finale, stopping James McSweeney in the first round. His next bout was the aforementioned snoozefest with Cheick Kongo where Kongo kept grabbing his shorts. That went to a draw. He made up for it in his next bout with Stefan Struve, nailing him with a superman punch and folding him in half matrix-style. His last bout was against Rob Broughton at UFC 135, where he picked up a decision victory.
Chad "The Gravedigger" Griggs is the guilty pleasure of the heavyweight division. He was brought into Strikeforce to be fodder for Bobby Lashley. But Lashley got tired, and Griggs won. Then he went bonzo gonzo on Gian Villante, and knocked him out. Then he made Alistair Overeem's brother tap to strikes in just over two minutes. Then he was UFC-bound! Rejoice! The Gravedigger is here!
Why should you care?
Two men. Four fists. A bunch of tattoos. Terrible mutton chops. This bout has CHAD GRIGGS in it people. That's all you need to know!
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