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UFC 181: Travis Browne won't knockout Brendan Schaub, prefers to punish him for three full rounds

And it's all because "Big Brown" (and his opinions) simply rub the towering Hawaiian the wrong way.

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In his previous three wins, Travis Browne knocked out perennial heavyweight contenders Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem, and Josh Barnett in very impressive fashion.

Scheduled to throw down against Brendan Schaub at the UFC 181 pay-per-view (PPV) event  on Dec. 6, 2014 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the chances of Browne scoring another knockout victory are very much in his favor, as three of Brendan's four losses have come via strikes.

Of course, actually going out and putting "Big Brown" to sleep, is an entirely different thing.

But according to "Hapa," who took part in a UFC Fight Night 54 Q&A last week (video replay here), he isn't planning on finishing Schaub, instead opting to put him through 15 minutes of grueling punishment.

He lays out his plan:

"Honestly, I don't want to knock him out. I want him to feel what it's like to go three rounds with me. And I'll tell you right now, this guy, a lot of people don't rub me the wrong way, but opinions are like assholes, you need to keep them to yourself. That's exactly what he needs to do."

I don't think that's exactly how that phrase goes, but we'll let "Hapa" slide.

So why the beef?

It may have to do with Schaub's recent comments, where he declared that Browne's decision to train with Edmond Tarverdyan -- Ronda Rousey's coach -- instead of with Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, was good for his own chances in their upcoming bout.

It seemed as though "Big Brown" was taking a shot at Tarverdyan's coaching skills, and "Hapa" didn't take too kindly to his critique.

Now it's time to pay.

Browne is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Fabricio Werdum at the UFC on FOX 11 event back in April. Going down on points against "Vai Cavalo" put a dent in "Hapa's" plans to compete for the division title; though he says he plans on asking for shot at the strap with a win at UFC 181.

As for Schaub, he was also on the wrong end of a judges' decision a few months back when Andrei Arlovski managed to squeak past him in Vancouver, Canada.

Both men need a win in a big way, but who will prove victorious later this year in "Sin City?"

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