Fighter of the Month August 2013 – Travis Browne
By Christopher Jester
Fighter of the Month: Travis Browne
Event: UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen (August 17, 2013)
Opponent: Alistair Overeem
Result: KO (Front Kick followed by GnP) Round 1 (4:08)
August was a tough month to choose Fighter of the Month. This new breed of mixed martial arts seems to consistently find a way to rejuvenate any waning boredom within the sport with exciting action and superb finishes. The month of August was not short of finishes, as every fighter chosen in the Top 5 for Fighter of the Month had a finish in their bout.
But none was as shocking as the comeback finish for Travis Browne. Every other fighter in the Top 5 was somewhat controlling their match until the finish. The same cannot be said for Travis Browne, who was on the receiving end of a nasty beating from the former Strikeforce, DREAM, and K-1 Champion. Sometimes it is not about the complete fighter. It is not always about the fighter who can go out into the cage and completely dismantle his or her opponent. Sometimes, it is about the heart and perseverance of a warrior who never gives up and never quits. This is what Travis Browne was made of on August 17th at UFC Fight Night.
After suffering some deadly clinch work from Overeem, Browne was brutally punished against the cage. Yamasaki performed well here as the referee as any other inaccurate ref could have stopped this fight. But give Browne credit where it is due, he withstood the beating and mustered up enough strength to seemingly just survive the round. He did more than that. With less than a minute left in the first round, Browne landed a front kick to Overeem’s chin and finished off the “Demolition Man” with hammerfists.
Forget the footnotes and records from some of the other fighters this month. Travis Browne pulled off a comeback victory that could have easily been a loss. Finishing Overeem as if he had not been the least bit hurt definitely goes a long way as well. And for that, PunchDrunkGamer would like to reward Travis Browne our Fighter of the Month award for month of August. Congrats on the amazing victory and good luck in your future endeavors!
1. Anthony Pettis (UFC 164 – August 31) – The one tick off Pettis’ amazing performance is that he had already beaten the man before. But overall, to submit a man who had survived 32 submissions in the WEC and the UFC is a feat into itself. Benson Henderson was one fight away from breaking BJ Penn’s record, and Pettis stomped those dreams away as he snatched the UFC Lightweight Championship away with an armbar victory. Now on a four-fight winning streak, Pettis will look to defend his title against the man he leapfrogged for the title shot in TJ Grant.
2. Chael Sonnen (UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen – August 17) – Just when he was close to being written off as a man who caught lightning in a bottle during his middleweight tenure, Chael Sonnen has come storming back to relevancy after his battle with Shogun Rua. Sonnen wasted very little time taking Rua to the mat, which came as no surprise. But when he submitted Shogun via guillotine choke in the first round, this came as a stunning surprise! Sonnen just placed a large bulls-eye on his back… once again.
3. Chad Mendes (UFC 164 – August 31) – Mendes is back in title contention. That is about as simple as it can be stated. Since losing to Jose Aldo in his title shot, Mendes has finished every opponent. But to finish Clay Guida via punches, the first time anyone had ever done so, Mendes has placed himself back as the frontrunner for Aldo’s title. Perhaps, it is time put on a Chad Mendes vs. Ricardo Lamas fight to determine who the best fighter to face Jose Aldo truly is.
4. Matt Brown (UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen – August 17) – Matt Brown has to be either the most improved fighter on the UFC’s roster or people are just sleeping on him. This guy comes out like a demon possessed. And he took little time to turn off the lights on Mike Pyle. It took only 29 seconds for Matt Brown to claim his sixth straight victory.
5. Michael McDonald (UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen – August 17) – Michael McDonald put on the type of performance you would want from a young fighter who just came off a championship loss. McDonald is talented and still has room to grow, which was evident in how he almost blew all his cardio when trying to finish Brad Pickett. Even when it appeared like he was on his way to losing the second round, McDonald pulled off a triangle choke. This is what McDonald needs to get right back into title contention.
Props to Steven Siler for finishing Mike Brown. Kelvin Gastellum looked impressive in his rear-naked choke victory over Brian Melancon in his welterweight debut. After having a tough first round, Urijah Faber came back in controlling fashion against Yuri Alcantara. Once again, Jose Aldo defends his UFC Featherweight title against the Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung. Congratulations to Nick Newell for his World Series of Fighting debut with a stunning guillotine choke!
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