Heavyweight Travis Browne talked about the stare down between him and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at the weigh-in: "He got a little close and wanted to keep an eyeball on me. I'm not going to back down. I'm going to show him that right from the get-go. It's like you're in sixth grade again. I think it just got to a point where he's not going to intimidate me in that way. Nobody can, nobody will and I wanted to show him that."
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva Epic Stare Down video
Antonio Big Foot Silva (muscle)
Big Foot Silva is hungry for a win. I expect him to fight as if his life depends on it. Silva lost his last two fights--his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez and in Strikeforce against Daniel Cormier.
"UFC Weigh-in Show on Fuel TV" Analyst Chael Sonnen said, "This is a tough fight. It's more of a mental battle...than a physical battle. Antonio Silva is coming off a couple losses, but he took on two of the top heavyweights in the world and that is the simple reality. He can't be down on himself...If anyone has had a harder path than Silva, I challenge you to tell me who. He's taken on the Strikeforce champion, he took on the former UFC champion and now he's in the main event tomorrow night. There's no question. He's a huge guy. He's been through some big guys like Fedor Emelianenko. But he's been rattled with a few losses lately. I worry that he's been mentally shaken."
Big Foot Silva defeated Fedor Emelianenko by TKO in February 2011. The ring doctor stopped the fight after the second round.
Travis "Hapa" Browne (mind)
Travis Browne trains with Team Jackson in Albuquerque, NM. Greg Jackson's fighters enter the octagon armed with the tools and the game plan to dismantle their opponent's defenses. With a 13 fight win streak to protect, I believe Browne will fight with a cool head.
*Travis Browne: "I'm Not Going To Be Intimated By Silva" video
Fight Prediction: Browne vs Silva
My prediction for this fight is that Big Foot Silva makes a mistake and Travis Browne capitalizes on it. I see Travis Browne taking Big Foot to the ground. If Big Foot stays on the ground too long--instead of getting back to his feet to keep the fight standing, I believe that Travis will gain the advantage and that he'll finish the fight by ground and pound.
Silva has a 4" reach advantage over Browne (82" vs 78" for Browne, the taller man). FightMetric
Taking the opposite point of view, "UFC Weigh-in Show on Fuel TV" Analyst and UFC fighter, Joseph Benavidez said, "[Big Foot Silva] He's lost to Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier in his two last fights--two of the best in the world. His advantage is getting this fight on the ground. That's where he wants to take it."
Last time I picked opposite the experts, I was right.
However, Vitor Belfort almost defeated UFC champion Jon Jones with an armbar in the first round. Kenny Florian and Dominick Cruz Pick Belfort Over Jones at UFC 152: Fan's View
The match-up between Silva and Browne has all the makings of a very exciting "I'll see you after school" technical beat down. Anything can happen in an MMA fight. Game plans get thrown out when emotions run high.
Source: Sherdog, show notes "UFC Tonight"
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. Currently, she trains with Keith Florian and has trained with UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny