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Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub slated for UFC 181

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

A heavyweight contest pitting Travis Browne against Brendan Schaub has been slated for UFC 181. The match-up was first reported by FOX Sports on Tuesday and subsequently confirmed by UFC officials.

Browne (16-2-1), the UFC's number-three ranked contender, most recently dropped a unanimous decision to Fabricio Werdum in a bout that would decide the next challenger to Cain Velasquez's belt.

The 32-year-old broke his hand, rib and nose in the contest, which snapped an otherwise impressive streak of three consecutive first-round knockout wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem, and Josh Barnett.

Schaub (10-4), meanwhile, lost a controversial but listless split decision to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in his most recent outing. Prior to the setback, the 31-year-old TUF 10 product had racked up back-to-back victories over Lavar Johnson and Matt Mitrione.

UFC 181 is scheduled to take place December 6, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An updated UFC 181 fight card can be seen below.

  • Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort
  • Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez
  • Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub

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