Travis Browne stands 6-feet-7 and weighs almost 250 pounds.
So it is quite obvious why he looks like a superhero to many people, including his own children.
When Browne (11-0-1) delivered a Superman punch that floored the 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve last May, he proved those superpower claims to be true.
“To (my children, Kaleo and Keawe), daddy is a superhero and he goes and heats up the bad guys,” the Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt said.
This Saturday, Browne meets Rob Broughton at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage from Denver, Colorado. The bout is part of the pay-per-view main card.
Browne knew going into his bout with Struve that if he hit the man known as “Skyscraper,” that would be all she wrote.
“I hit way too hard. Watching who he has fought, who he has survived against and who has stopped him, I knew that once I got a hold of him and once I hit him hard he wasn’t going to be able to survive it,” said Brown, in an interview with the UFC recently. “I was just waiting for my time to connect and I did and I hurt him. The combination I threw before I threw the Superman punch, I dinged him up a little bit when I clipped him. I knew he was going to try to come in and he was getting desperate at that point.”
Browne knew he needed to have a good showing vs. Struve, as he was coming off a draw vs. Cheick Kongo late in 2010. That was the first time in 11 professional fights he had not claimed a win.
The Hawaiian moved his camp to New Mexico to train under Greg Jackson, which also helped the 30-year-old known as “Hapa” prepare for the elevation change in fighting in Colorado.
Broughton (15-5) is making his second fight in the UFC. He last competed late in 2010, defeating Vinicius Queiroz by rear-naked choke. “The Bear” has won five straight and eight of his last 10 bouts.
“I think it’s going to be a great fight for the fans. They’re going to see me moving around trying to pick my shots and they’re going to see him trying to knock me out or take me down,” Browne said. “I would love to have a three round war. I want to prove that I can go all three rounds and stick in there and move with the best of them and take punishment and dish it out. I like Knockout of the Night and I like Submission of the Night, but I want to take that Fight of the Night.
“I want us to put on a fight for the fans where they walk away from it and say that watching that fight made this card worth it.”
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