Antonio Silva celebrates after defeating Travis Browne (not pictured) in the first round at the UFC on FX 5. - Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
Would a rematch between heavyweight contenders Antonio Silva and Travis Browne produce different results than those of their initial encounter? "Hapa" seems to think so and he wants a chance to prove it.
Well, let's say nine of 10 times because the fact remains, Antonio Silva defeated the previously undefeated heavyweight Travis Browne at UFC on FX 5: "Browne vs. Bigfoot" last month in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The two massive fighters went toe-to-toe in "The Land of a Thousand Lakes" back on Oct. 5, 2012 in what was an all-or-nothing fight for "Bigfoot," who was on a two-fight skid at the time.
What started off as a feeling out process early on, soon took a turn for the worse for "Hapa" as he tore his hamstring in the opening moments of round one. From then on, in obvious pain and discomfort, Travis was unable to pop off any offense of his own.
A few moments later, Silva capitalized with a huge right hand that sent the Hawaiian crashing to the canvas. The massive Brazilian pounced on the wounded Browne as he followed up with powerful strikes that forced the stoppage, giving Travis his first loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career and prolonging Silva's in the process.
With no surgery required to repair his bum hamstring, Browne is currently undergoing grueling rehab in hopes of a return to action, sooner rather than later. When he's ready and able, you can bet he wants a rematch against the only man that can say he beat him.
From his conversation with Middle Easy:
"Damn straight. He has a big bullseye on the back of his head, or on the front of it, it don't matter. He's the only man that can stand there and say that, you know, he beat me. I don't know if he can even say that because really I beat myself. I want that fight back. Today's really the first time I've been vocal about it and this is the first time I've really been in the media about it, but, I definitely want that fight back. Whoever I have to go through if it's to fight him again or to somebody that beats him, hey I'm game."
When asked what would happen if they fought 10 times, "Hapa" simply said:
"I whoop his ass."
An immediate rematch between the two giants is unlikely for the foreseeable future as Browne will have to get a few more wins under his belt and "Bigfoot" awaits the phone call from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva as to when he will return to action.
What's your say? Will the second go-round between Browne and Silva have a different outcome than their first encounter? Would the results of the first fight have been different had Travis not suffered his unfortunate injury?
Who would you like to see each of them square off against in their return to the Octagon?