6 Matches Made Official for UFC 130

By Mike Whitman

A heavyweight tilt between Stefan Struve and Travis Browne on Friday was ratified for UFC 130 on May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Six fights are now official for the event, which will be headlined by a lightweight title rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and the only man ever to beat him — Gray Maynard.

The tallest man in the UFC, at 6-foot-11, Struve has only lost twice since joining the promotion in 2009. Just 22 years old, the Dutchman comes off back-to-back wins over Sean McCorkle and Christian Morecraft. The Bob Schrijber protégé has submitted 14 of his 21 career victims and holds notable victories over Paul Buentello, Chase Gormley and Dennis Stojnic.

Browne is a heavy-handed Hawaiian who has never tasted defeat. “Hapa” made his UFC debut in June, knocking out “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 semi-finalist James McSweeney. His next fight was considerably less successful, as Browne fought French striker Cheick Kongo to a draw at UFC 120. Kongo was penalized one point in the third round for continually grabbing Browne’s shorts.

UFC 130 will also feature a pivotal light heavyweight encounter, as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson squares off with Thiago Silva. Additionally, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir faces one-time International Fight League king Roy Nelson, and former Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Wanderlei Silva locks horns with decorated Marine Brian Stann.



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