Former training partners -- and still good friends -- Travis Browne and Andrei Arlovksi hooked 'em up inside the Octagon tonight (Sat., May 23, 2015) at UFC 187 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, hoping to inch one step closer to a future Heavyweight title shot.
And it was Arlovksi who advanced after a bonkers five-minute brawl.
Arlovksi got the action started, charging in with a combination that barely moved the massive Hawaiian. Moments later, though, he tagged him and Browne appeared to be in serious trouble. Browne retreated and Arlovksi swarmed, but he was somehow able to weather the violent storm.
Browne appeared to clear the cobwebs, but then Arlovksi drilled him again, buckling his knees. Browne, though, shook it off once again, as Arlovksi was unable to close the show early. More combinations from Arlovski, and then a clubbing backhand strike, dropped Browne like massive redwood.
Browne got back to his feet, somehow, and landed a Hail Mary shot that dropped Arlovski, who was able to get back to his feet and fire back. Browne, though, could not turn the tide, as Arlovski kept up the pressure, landing a huge uppercut and straight right hand along the fence that had Browne out on his feet.
It was then that the referee finally called it.
What an incredible, action-packed fight that lasted just 4:41 minutes. Arlovski actually apologized to Browne in the post-fight conversation, but "Hapa" told him he had nothing to be sorry for.
He was so right -- great stuff!
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