UFC FN 105: Travis Browne Reminds Critics “I’ve Been in This Sport a Total of Eight Years”
By FCF Staff
After losing three of his last four fights, and slipping down the heavyweight ranks, Travis Browne is reminding his detractors he’s been training in mixed-martial-arts for less than 10 years.
Browne joined the UFC in 2010, and proceeded to work his way into a contending spot, by defeating the likes of Stefan Struve, Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett. More recently, however, Browne has been defeated by Fabricio Werdum (twice), Andrei Arlovski and Cain Velasquez, prompting some to question whether his days as a top contender are over.
The 6’7 tall fighter will take on Derrick Lewis tonight at UFC FN 105, and in advance of the bout, Browne had this to say about his critics (quote via UFC.com):
“People keep forgetting that I’ve been in this sport a total of eight years and seven of them have been in the UFC,” said Browne, who made his pro debut in 2009. “I wasn’t training 10, 15 years ago. I was playing basketball. I was doing other s**t. I started competing and then a year later, I started competing against the best in the world.
“There’s a reason people will have highlight reel knockouts or submissions and then they get up to the top tier and they start going to decisions or things don’t go their way. In my last two fights, I fought the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked guys in the world. Both of them held straps at a time. I’m fighting literally the best of the best.”
Lewis, meanwhile, is riding a five fight, winning streak.