Travis Kuualiialoha Browne (born July 17, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of January 19, 2016, he is #6 in official UFC Heavyweight
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 2.1 Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Browne was born in Oahu, Hawaii, and competed in basketball, winning the 2000 Coastal North League Player of the Year while attending high school in San Diego and then continued his career at Palomar College. Browne had no martial arts experience before being introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of 26. Browne also began training in boxing and had his first professional fight less than a year later.
Mixed martial arts career
Browne began his professional MMA career in 2009, fighting in smaller organizations such as Bellator Fighting Championships, Gladiator Challenge and King of the Cage. He quickly amassed an undefeated winning streak of 9–0.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In March 2010, Browne signed with the UFC. He made his debut at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale against James McSweeney. Browne won the fight via TKO at 4:32 of the first round.
Browne fought UFC veteran Cheick Kongo at UFC 120. The fight was even heading into the third round, with Browne winning the first round on the judge’s scorecards and Kongo taking the second. In the third and final round, Kongo was penalized with a point deduction for repeatedly grabbing and holding Browne’s shorts and the fight, therefore, resulted in a somewhat controversial draw.
Browne faced Stefan Struve on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130. He won the fight via superman punch KO in the first round, earning a “Knockout of the Night” bonus in the process.
Browne faced Rob Broughton on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135 where he won by unanimous decision.
Browne agreed to fight UFC newcomer Chad Griggs on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145. He defeated Griggs by submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the first round. The performance earned Browne Submission of the Night honors.
Browne was expected to fight Ben Rothwell at UFC on FOX 4 on August 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. However Rothwell was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury.
Browne faced Antônio Silva on October 5, 2012 at the main event of UFC on FX 5. Browne came out aggressive, showing a variety of striking techniques. Browne strained his left hamstring throwing a flashy kick. Silva was able to capitalize, backing Browne up, landing a big right hand and finishing with punches from the top, giving Browne his first professional loss. During the post-fight press conference, Browne said that even though he got injured, it didn’t take anything away from Bigfoot’s victory. A camera crew from Vice Media followed and interviewed Browne before and after the fight with Silva.
Browne faced Gabriel Gonzaga on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Browne defeated Gonzaga via first round knockout by elbows to the side of the head. The performance earned Browne Knockout of the Night honors but was scrutinized because of the alleged illegality of Browne’s elbows, which landed on the side of Gonzaga’s head. Gonzaga’s appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission was denied.
Browne faced Alistair Overeem on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26. After surviving Overeem’s initial flurry, Browne won via knockout due to a front kick and punches in the first round. The impressive knockout also earned Browne his third Knockout of the Night bonus award.
Browne faced Josh Barnett on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168. Browne won exactly a minute into the match via knockout due to elbows while Barnett was attempting a takedown. This earned him the Knockout of the Night bonus for his third straight fight.
Browne faced Fabrício Werdum on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11. Despite being a betting favorite with better considered striking, Browne was outstruck for nearly all five rounds after scoring an early knockdown on Werdum in the first round. Browne also said that he suffered a broken hand, ribs and dislocated his foot at some point during the fight. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Browne faced Brendan Schaub on December 6, 2014 at UFC 181. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Browne faced Andrei Arlovski on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187. Despite being a heavy betting favorite, Browne lost the fight via TKO in the first round. After a back and forth round where both fighters were dropped, many instantly consider it one of the best one round fights in UFC history. The bout earned Browne his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
In July 2015, Browne’s wife Jenna Renee Webb posted Instagram photos showing multiple bruises on her body allegedly caused by Browne. As a result, Browne was removed from the UFC’s International Fight Week events pending an investigation. On August 28, 2015 the UFC reinstated Travis Browne when their independent investigation found “inconclusive evidence” in the domestic violence inquiry. Following the report, Jenna Renee Webb publicly stated she is considering pressing charges.
Browne faced Matt Mitrione on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81. He won the fight via TKO in the third round. However, this win was slightly controversial, as Mitrione suffered multiple eye pokes from Browne throughout the fight, causing Mitrione to have an injured eye.
Browne has two sons, Kaleo and Keawe, from his marriage to wife Erin. His father is Hawaiian.
Browne is currently dating fellow UFC star Ronda Rousey.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Andrei Arlovski
- Knockout of the Night (Four times) vs. Stefan Struve, Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett
- Submission of the Night (One time) vs. Chad Griggs
- Gladiator Challenge
- Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Victory Fighting Championship
- VFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- MMA Insider.net
- 2013 Best Comeback of the Year vs. Alistair Overeem
- MMA Nuts.com
- 2013 Comeback of the Year vs. Alistair Overeem
- World MMA Awards
- 2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
- 2013 Comeback of the Year vs. Alistair Overeem
- 2015 May Fight of the Month vs. Andrei Arlovski
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown||[show]|
|Win||18–3–1||Matt Mitrione||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz||January 17, 2016||3||4:09||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||17–3–1||Andrei Arlovski||TKO (punches)||UFC 187||May 23, 2015||1||4:41||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||17–2–1||Brendan Schaub||TKO (punches)||UFC 181||December 6, 2014||1||4:50||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||16–2–1||Fabrício Werdum||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||April 19, 2014||5||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||16–1–1||Josh Barnett||KO (elbows)||UFC 168||December 28, 2013||1||1:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||15–1–1||Alistair Overeem||KO (front kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||1||4:08||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||14–1–1||Gabriel Gonzaga||KO (elbows)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale||April 13, 2013||1||1:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||13–1–1||Antônio Silva||TKO (punches)||UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot||October 5, 2012||1||3:27||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||13–0–1||Chad Griggs||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||1||2:29||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||12–0–1||Rob Broughton||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 135||September 24, 2011||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||11–0–1||Stefan Struve||KO (superman punch)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||1||4:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Draw||10–0–1||Cheick Kongo||Draw (unanimous)||UFC 120||October 16, 2010||3||5:00||London, England||Kongo was deducted 1 point for holding onto Browne’s shorts.|
|Win||10–0||James McSweeney||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale||June 19, 2010||1||4:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–0||Aaron Brink||KO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge 111||February 21, 2010||1||0:35||San Jacinto, California, United States||Won the Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Abe Wagner||TKO (punches)||VFC 30 – Night of Champions||February 5, 2010||1||0:10||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States||Won the VFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Brian Campbell||KO (head kick)||Gladiator Challenge 107||November 8, 2009||1||0:10||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||6–0||Matt Anderson||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge 98||July 23, 2009||2||0:49||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Mychal Clark||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 10||June 5, 2009||3||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||4–0||Sergio Calderon||KO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge 93||April 23, 2009||1||1:53||Pauma Valley, California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Tom Lozano||Submission (armbar)||EF 9 – Espartan Fighting 9||March 14, 2009||1||0:55||Puerto Escondido, Mexico|
|Win||2–0||Michael Westbrook||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Immortal||February 27, 2009||3||1:22||San Bernardino, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Evan Langford||TKO (punches)||Cage of Fire 15||February 7, 2009||1||0:43||Tijuana, Mexico|