By: Tim Mutohfan
The undercard of UFC: Weidman vs. Belfort is shaping up quite nicely. We can now add a heavyweight attraction to a card that already has two title fights.
Travis Browne who was on the brink of a title shot until Fabricio Werdum came into his life is working his way back to that lofty perch of title talks. Now in his way of achieving that is Brendan Schaub. The two heavyweights are both coming off of losses, Browne to the aforementioned Werdum, Shaub to Andrei Arlovski.
Browne, whose big wins are bigger than his big losses, is still very much on the upswing, crushing KO victories over Stefan Struve, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett, with the setbacks to Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum. Still with those 2 losses many feel the best Browne is yet to happen. At heavyweight a powerful striker with an iron chin and ever evolving ground game is a rare commodity. Hence many fans clamoring to still see what the 6’7” Hawaiian has to offer that division.
Brendan Schaub is a bit of an enigma. Good striker with a greatly underrated ground game, yet there is still something missing it seems. A to say the least lackluster performance in his meeting with Andrei Arlovski is yet another instance of why MMA fans never know what to expect from Schaub. Questions of his chin have been raised, along with his will in certain circles. The TUF: Evans vs. Jackson finalist (losing to Roy Nelson in the finals) had the glimmer of great potential, if not to be great, then certainly to be a competitive heavyweight. Sadly for him consistency has been elusive.
UFC: Weidman vs. Belfort reported card to date:
Middleweight Championship: Chris Weidman (Champion) vs. Vitor Belfort
Lughtweight Championship: Anthony Pettis (Champion) vs. Gilbert Melendez
Heavyweights: Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub