This evening, we will get to see two bomb dropping heavyweights meet in the cage at UFC 187 in Las Vegas. #3 ranked Travis Browne and #8 ranked and former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski, are set to collide on the main card aired on PPV.

This fight has fireworks written all over it as these two beasts are both knockout artists looking to keep their winning streak alive. Browne rose high in the ranks fast with wins over the likes of (Cheick Kongo, Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett and most recently Brenda Schaub). While Arlovski has seen his share of wins and losses inside and outside of the promotion over that past few years.

From a personal standpoint, this is just “one” of the amazing fights lined up for this event. Browne will want to come out and make a statement by looking for the finish and put Arlovski away. A win could potentially secure a title shot for both Browne and Arlovski. Since Browne has faced some of the best in the heavyweight division, I do not think that Arlovski is his toughest test to date, but the “Pitbull” is also a true mixed martial artist with the same one-punch knockout power possessed by Browne.

Stay Calm

If Browne can keep his calm and use his striking to keep Arlovski on the outside, I feel that the height and reach advantage possessed by Browne will prove to be a huge asset. Stay calm, pick your shots, and focus on the task at hand will be the keys for Browne. If Browne can keep his cool and put all of his energy into landing that one shot, there is no reason the Browne doesn’t take the win.

Don’t count on your chin

Not taking anything away from Browne’s ability to take a punch, we saw him almost get destroyed by Overeem in what would have been his second loss due to strikes, but he came back to knockout one of the hardest hitters in the division, and even though he weathered the storm being hit by the likes of Overeem, he does not want to make this a habit. If Browne can avoid getting punched by Arlovski and not count on his chin to save him, this will be a bad night for Arlovski.

Use Your Kicks

We know Browne can finish any man in the heavyweight division, but he does not want to count on just his hands. With a 3″ height and 3″ reach advantage, Browne needs to work on the legs of Arlovski so he can slow down the more seasoned veteran, then go upstairs with his superior punching power. Using kicks to keep Arlovski at bay will set up Browne’s finishing blow.

Prediction: Browne 1st round KO

About The Author

Jeremiah York
Staff Writer

In 1993 at 16 years old my Mom let me order UFC #1 on PPV. Then and there my life changed! To find a sport that put man against man, skill against skill in the rawest form was absolutely amazing! My love for MMA was found and I have been following all aspects of Combat Sports since. If I'm not traveling to watch fights I am studying and catching up on everything MMA at home. I am a Denver Native, but I live in TX now where the fight scene is booming! When I'm not watching and dissecting fights I'm out in the market selling beer as the TX Area Sales Manager for Uinta Brewing.