A heavyweight match-up has been booked for UFC 135 on Sept. 24 in Denver, Colorado, as fast-rising prospect Travis Browne will take on Rob Broughton.
The promotion brought word of the pending contest earlier today.
It took Browne just one year and nine fights to make his way to the big show. The Alliance MMA member ran through the lower level competition with eight impressive finishes before earning a shot with the UFC.
His first test came against James McSweeney at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale and "Hapa" did not disappoint, dominating the Brit en route to a first round technical knockout victory.
The Hawaiian's hype train was brought to a screeching halt at the hands, or more specifically knees, of Cheick Kongo at UFC 120 but he channeled the power of superman to get it back on track, razing the "Skyscraper" Stefan Struve this past Memorial Day weekend.
Next up, a big ol' "Bear."
Broughton, Liverpool native, made his Octagon debut against Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz at UFC 120 across the pond last October, finishing the "Spartan" with a third round rear naked choke.
It was his fifth straight win and fifteenth overall. But will he be ready to throw hands with one of the most lethal strikers in the division?
Or is he simply a sacrificial lamb? Time will tell.
UFC 135 will feature Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones making his first title defense against former 205-pound king Quinton Jackson.
In addition, Diego Sanchez will hit the mats against Octagon legend Matt Hughes, while Ben Rothwell and Mark Hunt will meet in the center of the cage and slug it out in a heavyweight tilt.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more on this still-developing fight card.