Standing at 6’7, Travis Browne followed the path of many tall athletes, he headed for the hardwood to play basketball. While he was growing as a basketball player, Browne kept hearing about Jiu Jitsu, and it was a sport he took to quickly. While working as a dog trainer, Browne began training boxing and jiu jitsu and he took to them both quickly. Less than a year later, Browne took his first professional fight in Tijuana, Mexico.
2009 was by far the busiest year of Browne’s career. Browne’s career. While most professional fighters compete three to four times a year, Browne had three fights under his belt in just over a month. Before the year was out, Browne would have a professional record of seven wins and no losses, and all but one would be decided without the aid of the judges. Out of his first Seven fights, three of them took place under the banner of Gladiator Challenge, and to kick off his 2010 he was invited to fight for the heavyweight title. Browne took on Abe Wagner and 8 seconds into the very first round Browne landed strikes that would put him away and he would walk out with the championship belt.
With a record of 9-0, Browne got the call every MMA fighter is waiting for. Browne was given a UFC contract and months later he would step into the octagon for the very first time. Browne would take on James McSweeney at the The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale and he would pick up his first UFC win by technical knockout in the first round. A clear pattern was forming on Browne’s record. He had the ability to remove fighters from their consciousness if he could get his hands on them, but it would take a while for UFC fans to warm up to how dangerous he was.
Browne took a big step up in competition at UFC 120 where he fought Cheick Kongo. Kongo clear had the intent to not stand trade with Browne, and kept on clinching him along the fence. However, in order to do that he kept on grabbing the shorts of Browne, and eventually the ref took a point from Kongo after several warnings. The point leveled the score cards of the judges, and although it wasn’t a loss, Browne would have the first blemish on his record in the form of a unanimous draw. Browne would fight twice in 2011. He would face Stefan Struve, the tallest heavyweight in the UFC, and he would return to his knockout ways. At the end of the first round at UFC 130, Browne landed a superman punch that would knockout Struve and earn him his first knockout of the night bonus. At UFC 130, he would face Rob Broughton. Browne would win by unanimous decision, but Broughton would be the second fighter to make it all the three rounds against Browne.
To Kick off 2012, Browne took on Chad Griggs at UFC 145. Browne would get Griggs down early in the fight and pass his guard. Seconds later Griggs would tap to a head and arm choke that would net Browne a submission of the night bonus. The win would get Browne a fight against Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva at UFC On FX 5 in the main event. Early in the bout, Silva landed a hook that dropped Browne, and in under three minutes Browne had his first professional and UFC loss.
The loss wouldn’t phase Browne. In April of this year he got back in the octagon against former number one contender and dangerous striker Gabriel Gonzaga. The two would face off at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, and just over a minute into the fight Browne would finish Gonzaga with strikes. The result would earn Browne his third Fight Night bonus. While Browne was on a hot streak tearing through the UFC’s heavyweight division, former Strikeforce Champion Alistair Overeem was having a hard time putting together wins. Overeem would win his UFC debut, but drop his next bout to the same guy Browne loss to. Overeem was the heavy favorite in the bout, but late in the first round Browne would land a front kick to the face of Overeem toppling him to the canvas. After some follow up punches, the ref rescued Overeem and Browne picked up yet another fight night bonus.
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Browne faces Josh Barnett this Saturday night at UFC 168.
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