The UFC 135: "Jones vs. Rampage" pay-per-view main card broadcast, taking place tonight (Sept. 24) in Denver, Colorado, featured a heavyweight slugfest between two relatively unknown big men, Travis Browne and Rob Broughton.
Browne, a Hawaiian wrecking machine with shocking knockout power, was looking to build on an impressive destruction of Stefan Struve, while Broughton, an English beast of a man, was simply out to make a name for himself.
So when the unstoppable force met the immovable object, it was bound to produce an earth-shaking battle of epic proportions, right?
Well ... not exactly.
By the time the judges awarded Browne the unanimous decision victory, there were few fans interested enough to actually listen to UFC voice Bruce Buffer announce as much.
The two big men came out patient, picking their spots and staying careful not to lose their breath, much to the dismay of the "Mile High" faithful. In fact, while both men landed a power shot or two, the gentle swaying of Broughton's muffin top was more prevalent than any mixed martial arts action.
Greg Jackson told Browne exactly what he needed to do in between rounds to finish the fight in the second frame. He took heed, finally, and opened up a bit towards the middle of the stanza. But "The Bear's" chin held steady while "Hapa" simply wore himself out.
Jaw on the floor with hands on hips to start the final round. Not pretty.
Broughton, clearly behind on the scorecards, came out much more aggressive, headhunting and looking for a finish that was ultimately his only avenue to victory.
Unfortunately for the Englishman, it never came. Overpowered, overwhelmed and over-matched, Broughton's efforts came up short and his uninspiring performance will likely relegate him back down to the preliminary card.
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