UFC heavyweight Travis Browne suffered the first loss of his career last October and in fairly traumatic fashion too, injuring his leg in a bout with Antonio Silva before “Bigfoot” ultimately knocked him out. However, the defeat hasn’t resulted in a hit to Browne’s self-belief. In fact, it hasn’t affected his approach to in-ring action at all.
Browne spoke about the stumble in a recent conversation with the UFC’s website, assuring fans he will still be head-hunting this weekend at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale when he takes on Gabriel Gonzaga.
“Realistically, life isn’t fair all the time. Maybe I could look at it as I helped Antonio keep his job. What if I would have beaten him? He wouldn’t have gotten the shot against Alistair Overeem and he wouldn’t be fighting for the title. He might have got cut. So for whatever reason, it happened, and at the same time, I have to move on,” explained Browne. “There’s nothing I can do about it, it’s over with, and in the next fight I have to come out and fight like I’ve never lost before. I have my confidence back and I just got to go out there and perform.”
The 30-year old went on to say he came to grips with the reality of losing a long time ago. After all, even the greatest Mixed Martial Artists in history have a blemish or two on their records.
“At the end of the day, when that cage door closes, it’s one man against another, and the one thing that this sport will teach you is that records don’t matter. Someone is leaving with a loss,” said Browne point-blankly. “Fighters that focus on that kind of stuff, if you’re worried about that, it shows that you have a chink in your armor. When you’re an athlete at the top level of this sport, and especially in this sport, you know that momentum means very little because it only takes one shot to change the momentum of any fight. And I think anybody at our level knows that.”
As such, Browne won’t be overlooking Gonzaga in any way, crediting the Brazilian for both his BJJ base and powerful stand-up despite a middle-of-the-road record at 14-6. Browne himself is 13-1-1. Fans can catch them fight on the main card of Saturday night’s FX-bound show.
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