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Boston, Massachusetts: Travis Browne was too much for Matt Mitrione, as the Hawaiian used heavy ground and pound from full-mount to get the TKO victory in the third.
UFC Fight Night 81 was held on January 17, 2016 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione took place on the main card which aired on Fox Sports 1.
Round 1: Both men start off with feints and range finding jabs. Mitrione jumps forward, trying to land a heavy left but misses. Browne throws a kick but it is caught. Mitrione throws a leg kick and is countered with a right straight for his efforts. Mitrione has his hands very low and is circling away from Browne’s striking. ‘Meathead’ blocks a high kick and pops Browne with a right jab. After some more tentative striking, Mitrione jumps forward with a right hand but eats a counter shot. With a minute remaining, Browne is on the defensive but still very much in the fight. Mitrione plods forward and misses a left hand, with Browne accidentally gouging his right eye. The fight resumes briefly, but nothing materializes before the round comes to a finish.
Round 2: Mitrione opens very aggressive, throwing combinations and forcing Browne on the defensive. Mitrione lands another heavy left but Browne once again thumbs the eye on the break. Mitrione winces and steps back, trying to defend himself. After an extended period of time with Mitrione still wincing his eye, the ref calls another break to the fight. With the bout resuming, Browne lands a solid body kick. Another front kick lands for Browne and Mitrione slips forward trying to land a counter. Browne misses with a pair of jabs and Mitrione is looking to jump forward with a hard left. As he steps forward, Browne lands a knee and takes his opponent down, landing in side control. Mitrione scrambles back to his feet against the cage as he eats a pair of front kicks. Browne tries to engage in a clinch and trip Mitrione back down to the canvas, but is unable. Both athletes reset at the center, with Browne landing a quick knee as the second winds down.
Round 3: Clearly favoring the front kick, Browne lands another to open up the final frame. Mitrione lands a straight left but Browne returns with a right hand of his own. Both heavyweights are looking tentative and tired, as the crowd begins to complain. Browne engages in a clinch and takes the back of Mitrione, with a followup slam into full mount. Browne starts unloading elbows and punches as Mitrione attempts spinning to his back. Mitrione covers up and absorbs some very heavy shots. Unable to escape the position, a stoppage is called with just fifty seconds left in the fight.
Official Result: Travis Browne def. Matt Mitrione via TKO (punches) RND 3 – 4:09
With the win, Browne is back to winning ways and advances to 18-3. Mitrione falls to 9-5.