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Bellator vet Travis Browne signs with UFC, faces James McSweeney in debut

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Undefeated heavyweight Travis Browne (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is expected to make his octagon debut against "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran James McSweeney (4-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

Sources close to the situation informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the new deal and said both fighters have agreed to the contest, but a date has not been finalized for the meeting.

The bout could either take place at UFC 115, expected to take place June 12 at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, or at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale held one week later in Las Vegas.

Browne has fought eight times since his professional debut this past February with seven of his nine victories coming by way of TKO or knockout. In his most recent performance, Browne knocked out veteran Aaron Brink in 35 seconds for the interim Gladiator Challenge heavyweight title this past Sunday in California.

In early February, Browne knocked out "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran Abe Wagner in eight seconds to take the Night of Champions heavyweight belt. He is a veteran of Bellator Fighting Championships' first season.

Browne currently trains at the Alliance Training Center alongside UFC veterans Brandon Vera and Joey Beltran and WEC bantamweight contender Dominick Cruz. When he's not in the gym, he runs a company that trains dogs for military service.

McSweeney, 29, graduated from his turn on "The Ultimate Fighter 10" with a TKO victory over fellow castmate Darrill Schoonover at the show's Spike TV finale this past December. However, he injured his hand in the fight and has since been forced to the bench for several months.

A former kickboxer, McSweeney works with Greg Jackson's squad in Albuquerque, N.M., and is a friend and training partner to former light heavyweight champion and "TUF 10" coach Rashad Evans.

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Please delete.. This news was already posted.

Thank you.

Post #2   3/5/10 6:49:27PM   

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i still am not sold on mcsweeney

Post #3   3/6/10 1:42:55PM