Browne (15-1) is coming off back-to-back knockout wins since getting stepped on by "Bigfoot" Silva last year in Minneapolis. Prior to his come-from-behind win over "Demolition Man" at UFC Fight Night 26 (video), the Hawaiian beat the brakes off former division number one contender Gabriel Gonzaga.
I guess Josh Barnett was unavailable.
Outside of "The Warmaster," there is no one else above "Hapa" -- currently ranked at number five -- in a position to throw hands. Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos settle their score at UFC 166, Daniel Cormier is tied up with Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum is playing the waiting game.
Silva, Overeem and Frank Mir are also committed to future fights.
That leaves Miocic (10-1), who all things considered, is not a bad option. What he lacks in name value he makes up for in skill. Like Browne, the up-and-coming heavyweight has just one loss on his record, which came against Stefan Struve nearly one year ago in Nottingham.
He quickly rebounded by outpointing the aforementioned Nelson back in June.
Though announced on last night's edition of UFC Tonight, no date or event has been established for this potential pairing; however, UFC 168 and UFC on FOX 9 -- both in December -- are potential candidates. Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details as they emerge.
In the meantime, let's get some feedback on this planned match-up.