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Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione, Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman added to UFC Fight Night 81

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Travis Browne has returned from an investigation and sabbatical.

Browne, who was investigated over the summer for alleged domestic abuse, will be back in the Octagon against Matt Mitrione at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz on Jan. 17 in Boston, it was announced Wednesday on UFC Tonight.

Browne (17-3) is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 187 in May. He was accused by his wife of domestic violence in July, but the UFC stated last month that a third-party law firm had not found any conclusive evidence of any abuse. The 33-year-old Hawaii native has only lost twice since 2012 and was in line for a title shot had he beaten Fabricio Werdum in April 2014.

Mitrione (9-4) fell to Ben Rothwell in June via first-round submission, but had won three in a row before that, all of them by first-round knockout. The Ultimate Fighter alum's entire pro career has been in the UFC thus far. He debuted in 2009 following the show. Mitrione, 37, played in the NFL with several teams.

Also added to UFC Fight Night 81 was a matchup between Tim Boetsch and Ed Herman. Boetsch (18-9) has lost two in a row, the latest a first-round knockout against Dan Henderson in June. Herman (22-11) has alternated wins and losses since 2012 and is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Derek Brunson at UFC 183 in January.

UFC Fight Night 81 is headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion T.J. Dillashaw and former champ Dominick Cruz. The co-main event pits lightweight contenders Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez against one another.

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