The UFC will be rolling into Minneapolis, Minnesota in early October for their UFC on FX 5 card. What got my attention is that the UFC has scheduled a rematch of the 205 lb fight from last week’s card between Phil Davis and Wagner Prado. The main event features the big boys, as undefeated Travis Browne gets Antonio ‘Bigfoot” Silva. It is one of the UFC’s more compact offerings, however that main event is going to be interesting.
First let me get this out of the way – Wagner Prado is a tool who does not belong in the UFC and whined his way into a second chance because he has no idea how to react in a fight. Davis should dispatch him easily.
The heavyweight fight that is the main event is a bit more intriguing, though it is hard to tell whether the thump you hear is ‘Bigfoot’s knuckles hitting the ground or me falling hard off of the ‘Bigfoot’ bandwagon.
Silva has been around for a long time, and his recent big achievements include a win over Fedor Emilianenko, but in general, his weak points have really shown themselves in his recent losses. He is slow and has virtually no defense, and his chin is terrible.
And maybe due to his ‘giantism’ his body seems to be slowing down and deteriorating. Hate to bring up pro wrestling, but you see the decline of current ‘giant’ Great Khali, and of course the deterioration of legend Andre the Giant. Age is a huge mark against you, and ‘Pezao’ is getting a little long in the tooth as well.
These are bad qualities to have against Browne, who has proven rugged and has a lot of KO’s to his record.
I doubt the books bring in Browne as an underdog, but I would be all over that bet if he is. More likely, Browne will be a favorite by as much as 2 to 1 when the lines hit, and I would still take him at that price.
Also of note is the return of Heavyweight Matt Mitrione, the former football player and ‘TUF’ Reality show alum who was last seen in the octagon taking his first loss to Cheick Kongo. He gets Rob Broughton, who is probably this one loss away from a UFC pink slip.
Let’s hope these matches hold, Im excited to see Browne grow beyond this fight.