The UFC heads to Minnesota after a reschedule from Sept. 5 in Indianapolis. It will feature two of the higher ranked heavyweights in Travis Browne and Antonio Silva along with a No. 1 contender bout featuring John Dodson and Jussier Formiga.
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva
Browne is undefeated and has some impressive wins in the UFC over Stefan Struve and Chad Griggs. Silva is most notably known for his win over Fedor in Strikeforce, but is coming off a tough knockout loss to Cain Velasquez.
The key for Browne in this fight will be to use his striking advantage like Velasquez did against Silva. It will be interesting to see how he performs now that he trains full time at Jackson’s MMA.
Silva will need to get this fight to the ground where he will have the size advantage and attempt to either finish it via submission or with ground and pound. We also need to see how Silva responds after the tough loss to Velasquez.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron
Ellenberger is coming off a knockout loss to Martin Kampmann and needs to get back on track to a title shot. In the past we have seen Ellenberger gas out in later rounds, but he does have huge knockout power and a solid wrestling base.
Hieron gave Ellenberger a loss way back in the IFL and is looking for a big win in his return to the UFC. He, like Ellenberger, has outstanding wrestling and good boxing. This fight could come down to cardio and the technical boxing skills of Hieron compared to the knockout power of Ellenberger.
John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga
Dodson is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. He has huge knockout power that goes well with his speed and will always have a good game plan thanks to Greg Jackson. A win here would give him an opportunity to face Demetrious Johnson between two of the fastest fighters in the UFC.
Formiga was once the No. 1 flyweight in the world before he lost to Ian McCall. He has outstanding jiu-jitsu and is used to the 125 pound weight class. Formiga will want to use his jiu-jistu to slow down the fast pace of Dodson and show he is the top flyweight in the world.