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In the fourth and final televised preliminary bout at UFC 145, Travis Browne used an impressive display of athleticism and skills to submit Chad Griggs with an arm-triangle choke at 2:29 of the first round. Griggs was never really in the heavyweight bout, and Browne certainly didn't look like a 6'7", 255 pound man in the cage. The submission was just the second of Browne's 14-fight career.
After a bit of posturing, Browne flew in with a huge double flying knee that stunned Griggs, then threw him to the ground. Hapa quickly took mount and set up the arm-triangle. Griggs appeared to be okay for a little while but eventually tapped out. It was Browne's most impressive UFC fight so far and set him up for a big move up in the heavyweight division.
What was the high spot of this fight?
The double flying knee wasn't just the high spot of the fight, it was probably the high spot of the entire card.
Where do these guys go from here?
Griggs wasn't the most dangerous opponent, but the way Hapa finished him was extremely impressive. Browne firmly established himself as a rising heavyweight with the win and will definitely be moving up the card. Since Roy Nelson suddenly doesn't have an opponent next month, what about a spot at UFC 146 for Browne? If not, the winner of the Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane del Rosario bout at UFC 146 sounds like a logical next step.
Griggs has a small hardcore fanbase and will clearly get another shot in the UFC, but it's also clear that he's no contender. Throw him in there with Dave Herman and we can watch some sloppy fireworks!
Watch it now, later or never?
Now. Browne looked like a man half his size. It's absolutely worth checking out.