Fresh off impressive performances at UFC
145, heavyweights Travis
Browne and Ben Rothwell
will return to the cage on Aug. 4, squaring off at UFC on Fox
Promotion officials announced the booking Monday night. UFC on Fox
4 takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and features the
anticipated UFC debut of former Bellator middleweight champion
Lombard, who faces the hard-hitting Brian Stann.
Additionally, onetime UFC light heavyweight ruler Lyoto
Machida steps into the Octagon for the first time since his
failed bid to recapture the title in December, locking horns with
“Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Ryan
Browne, 29, has yet to lose in his three-year pro career. Since
drawing with Cheick Kongo
in October 2010, “Hapa” has won three straight contests, knocking
Struve just under one year ago before outpointing Rob
Broughton in a lackluster affair at UFC
135 this past September. Browne’s UFC 145 appearance proved
brief, as the native Hawaiian dispatched Strikeforce vet Chad Griggs
with an arm-triangle choke in just 2:29.
Meanwhile, Rothwell required even less time to finish Brendan
Schaub on April 21, stopping “The Hybrid” in 70 seconds via
knockout. A former International Fight League standout, Rothwell
has posted a 2-2 record since joining the UFC in 2009, falling to
future champion Cain
Velasquez and former Pride Fighting Championships talent
Hunt while besting Schaub and Gilbert Yvel.
The 30-year-old is a veteran of 40 pro contests and owns over half
of his career wins by knockout.