A bout between former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Travis Browne has been targeted for UFC 200, according to a report from “UFC Tonight.”
Promotion officials have yet to confirm the matchup, but the bout is believed to be in the works. UFC 200 takes place at the new T-Mobile Arena on July 9. No fights have been announced for the event.
Velasquez hasn’t competed since relinquishing the heavyweight crown to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 last June. The American Kickboxing Academy product was slated to rematch Werdum earlier this year, but a back injury forced Velasquez to withdraw from the Feb. 6 event that was originally known as UFC 196. Velasquez later underwent surgery to remove bone spurs that were pinching his sciatic nerve.
The 33-year-old Browne has alternated wins and losses in his last four Octagon appearances. Most recently, the 6-foot-7 Hawaiian stopped Matt Mitrione via third-round TKO in a foul-marred affair UFC Fight Night “Dillashaw vs. Cruz” on Jan. 17. “Hapa” is 9-3-1 during his tenure with the Las Vegas-based promotion.