Travis Browne to meet Antonio Silva

Updated: July 27, 2012, 11:08 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Hard-hitting heavyweights Travis Browne and Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva will meet Oct. 5 in Minneapolis, UFC announced Friday.

Their main-event fight takes place at Target Center and airs on FX.

The announcement comes a few days after Browne was removed from his Aug. 4 bout with Ben Rothwell, who was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury.

Browne, who has won three fights in a row, is 13-0-1. Nine of his victories have come by knockout.

Silva has dropped each of his two most recent fights. He was knocked out by Strikeforce 2012 Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier (Sept. 10, 2011) and former UFC champ Cain Velasquez (May 26) in the first round.

Before those setbacks, Silva became the second fighter in more than nine years to defeat former Pride heavyweight titleholder Fedor Emelianenko.

Silva (16-4) makes his second appearance in UFC and seeks his first victory with the promotion. He has knocked out 11 opponents.