Heavyweight set to clash with Alastair Overeem in a career defining fight.
Travis Browne knows his career can go one of two directions as he prepares to face Alistair Overeem at UFC on Fox Sports 1: 1.
Having been in the biggest promotion on the planet for three years and earning several impressive wins, the leap from talented to title contender can be made with a dominant over Overeem.
Something Browne is well-aware of, as aims to defeat the Dutch striker who has is coming off a loss to Antonio Silva, in what was his first fight back from a suspension for elevated testosterone levels.
“He’s definitely a veteran,” Browne said.
“He’s been around a long time, and all the controversial stuff aside, he’s a dangerous man. At this level, we all are.
“He definitely has a skillset that you need to be aware of and respect, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to go in there, we’re going to set up the gameplan to beat him, and we’re going to follow through on our gameplan.”
Browne and Overeem is just one of the many star-studded fights on the main card for the Fox Sports event, which is the launch of the new sports channel.
Despite being ranked outside the top 10 in the heavyweight division, Browne (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) brings momentum with him into the August 17 fight.
He was impressive in destroying Gabriel Gonzaga as part of The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale, when he finished the fight quickly in the first round with several savage, and at the time, questionable elbows to his opponent’s head.
Browne said he had not finalised on a gameplan to take down Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC) but if his previous wins are anything to go by, it won’t come by the way of the judges.
“I haven’t even talked to Coach (Greg) Jackson about a gameplan yet, so I really don’t even have a gameplan set up yet. We’re just going to go out there, and it’s going to be another vintage Travis Browne fight,” he said.
And if he can pull off the 15th win of his career, would he like to have a chance to be considered for a title shot within the next year?
“I’ve never been one to raise my hand and say, ‘Hey, guys, it might be my turn,” Browne said.
“For me, I want to let the UFC speak for me. I want them to be confident and put me in a place where they know that it’s the right place for me.
“I’m not one to sit here and ask and beg and plead for something that they don’t want. It’s not my company. I work for them, and I look forward to putting on shows.”