UFC heavyweight Travis Browne can lay claims to past wins over the likes of Gabriel Gonzaga and Stefan Struve but he has yet to face an adversary with the resume of UFC Fight Night 27 foe Alistair Overeem. Overeem is an elite-level kickboxer with 34 stoppages in 36 victories and success against Mark Hunt, Brock Lesnar, and Fabricio Werdum.
Rather than fold under the pressure of meeting a man with Overeem’s abilities, Browne has found himself supremely motivated by the challenge at hand. And, based on the amount of effort he’s put into preparing for the August 17 showdown, the 31-year old is certain he’ll emerge from the Octagon with his hand raised.
“He’s not working as hard as I am. There’s no way he can, because I’m pushing myself to the limit and I’m gonna be the best,” said Browne in a UFC preview of the pairing. “I’m ready to get in there and fight to the end.”
Browne has racked up a 14-1-1 record since turning pro in early 2009. Ten of his wins have come by way of a strike-based stoppage.
The full preview including comments from Overeem can be seen below: