Maybe you still aren't all too familiar with Travis Browne just yet, but trust me, you'll want to get to know him a whole lot better. He's an undefeated up-and-coming heavyweight with shocking knockout power.
The same applies for Rob Broughton, who you surely know even less. He's an English regional wrecking machine who finally made his way to the world's largest fight promotion at the ripe age of 28-years-old.
Both men are in their prime and when they square off tonight (Sept. 24, 2011) at UFC 135: "Jones vs. Rampage" in Denver, Colorado, it promises to be one helluva heavyweight slugfest.
Oh yes it does.
Browne burst on the scene just two short years ago by splattering Evan Langford's brains in a smaller event promoted in Tijuana, Mexico. From there, he quickly began his ascent through the heavyweight ranks, blasting and burying opponents on his way to the world's largest fight promotion.
It's an impressive feat, really. Nine fights, nine wins, eight finishes, seven knockouts and two championship titles. If that's not a resume worthy of a spot inside the Octagon, what is?
It made the most of his opportunity in his debut, smashing James McSweeney before battling to a draw with Cheick Kongo. If the latter fight arose fears of his ability to hang with the middle tier of the division, he allayed those when he obliterated Stefan Struve in his very next bout.
Is Rob Broughton a step back? That may be the perception but his recent track record says differently.
After some early career struggles, "The Bear," and yes, there's a reason they call him that, started running through whoever was put in front of him, quickly disposing of solid if unspectacular competition.
He also made the most of his Octagon debut and is hoping to build on that tonight. If he can snuff out a rising star, he'll steal all the heat Browne has been building for himself and catapult straight into the ranks of contenders.
It's a thin division, after all. Doesn't take much, folks.