The UFC has matched heavyweights Travis Browne and Antonio Silva for UFC on FX 5. The card takes place Oct. 5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. USA Today broke the news of the contest on Friday.
Browne gets a new fight only days after his original fight with Ben Rothwell at UFC on Fox 4 fell apart. Rothwell dropped out of the bout last week with an ankle injury. According to reports, the promotion tried to find Browne a new opponent but came up short.
“Hapa” extended his undefeated streak with an arm-triangle submission of Chad Griggs earlier this year. His only blemish on an otherwise perfect record is a unanimous draw with French brawler Cheick Kongo back at UFC 120 in 2010. Browne has also picked up victories over Stefan Struve and James McSweeney.
Silva moved to the UFC after falling victim to a knockout punch from Daniel Cormier in the semifinals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix. In his UFC debut, he had a similar encounter. Former UFC heavyweight champion and training partner of Cormier dropped Silva late in the first round and finished the fight. Over the course of his career, Silva has bested former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski and former Pride FC champion Fedor Emelianenko. In 2008, he defeated Justin Eilers for the vacant Elite XC heavyweight title.
The UFC has not confirmed any bouts for their upcoming return to Minnesota. The main card will air live on FX, while the preliminary card will be shown on Fuel TV and Facebook.