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UFC 135: Travis Browne Vs. Rob Broughton

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Josh Rosenthal will ref this heavyweight contest.

Round 1: They touch gloves and Broughton takes the center. Browne whiffs on a big overhand right early. Browne moving nicely, looking to work his range. He misses on another right hand and they clinch, with Browne pressing Broughton against the fence. Broughton breaks free and almost eats a knee. Browne working his kicks, going both high and low with efficiency. Browne is dancing on the outside, while Broughton is just stalking him down. Broughton is having a hard time pinning Browne down. They trade hooks. Browne lands a hard left hook that sends Broughton reeling momentarily. He’s unable to capitalize and they go back to work from their feet. Browne takes Broughton down easily and slides into mount, where he lands a series of elbows. score the round 10-9 for Browne

Round 2: After a feeling out period, Browne lands first with a hard leg kick. Browne lands a solid body shot and then a leg kick. Browne keeps his balance when Broughton catches one of his kicks. The pace has slowed some and random boos begin. As soon as they do, Browne swarms with punches and backs Broughton into the fence. Once there, Browne lands some solid knees. Broughton tries to engage the clinch, but Browne throws him into the cage. They separate and Browne works a nice pair of hard leg kicks. Browne’s output has slowed some and he looks to have tired some. He hits a single leg again though and again lands in mount. Browne postures and lands a few punches before Broughton tries for the kimura. Browne avoids and pounds on him for it. scores the round 10-9 for Browne

Round 3: Broughton looks to be the fresher of the two; Browne’s step has slowed considerably. They trade right hands and Broughton briefly presses Browne into the fence. Browne hits an easy single and then smashes Broughton with a hard right hand. Browne sitting in half guard while Goldie and Rogan have a discourse on the state of British wrestling and wrestling’s place in MMA. Browne is warned and moves to take mount; Broughton is scrambling on the bottom, but Browne ends up in mount anyway. Broughton gets Browne back into guard by threatening with a kimura. Browne looks content to ride out a decision on top and the crowd boos him for it. Broughton works for the kimura, but Browne defends well and continues to hold top position. scores the round 10-9 for Browne

Travis Browne defeated Rob Broughton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

An out-of-breath Browne credits Broughton’s toughness and size for tiring him out, not so much the altitude. Promises to come back stronger.