The UFC on FX 5 offering scheduled for October 5th in Minneapolis, Minnesota is set to come off with a main event featuring Heavyweights Antonio ‘Bigfoot” Silva and Travis Browne. The main card is deep, featuring several solid fights, with a few of them landing on this show after the controversial cancellation of UFC 151. The co-main event has Jay Hieron taking on Jake Ellenberger in a very important match for Ellenberger, who needs a win to improve positioning in a crowded welterweight division.
In the main event, the sportsbooks currently have Travis Browne as a 2 to 1 favorite over Bigfoot. Browne, along with this weekend’s main event fighter Stipe Miocic, are the up and comers in the heavyweight class, and a showdown between the two may be imminent if they both win.
His opponent, Antonio Silva, has been slowing down lately. Once a feared heavyweight with an excellent record, he has not fared well against better competition in the UFC and STRIKEFORCE and he has a questionable chin. Though bigger than Browne, Browne is likely going to hit him very hard. IF Silva gets chopped down again, it is hopefully the last time we see him in the UFC. He has the degenerative disease known as ‘giantism’ and watching him deteriorate in the octagon is ugly.
The Ellenberger-Hieron match sees Ellenberger come in as a comfortable favorite at better than 3 to 1. There may be some dog value in this match, however Ellenberger is a wrestler first, and Hieron’s weakness has been top notch wrestlers. Hieron however, is on a solid 11-1 run that has seen him beat most of the best from Bellator’s roster, which earned him this return to the UFC. His only loss is to stud wrestler and Bellator champion Ben Askren, but he handled those 5 rounds well enough to make it a split decision.
Ellenberger’s bugaboo has been cardio, as he appears to tire and lose some of his explosion later in the fights. and Hieron has proven he can hang around. IF Ellenberger has improved his cardio enough to go three hard rounds, then he may be able to set a pace that Hieron can’t stay with, but considering their histories, Ellenberger will be best off if he can take Hieron out early. Live underdog here!