Travis Browne

Travis Kuualiialoha Browne[5] (born July 17, 1982) is an American retired mixed martial artist who last competed as a Heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Travis Browne
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Browne in 2012.
BornTravis Kuualiialoha Browne
(1982-07-17) July 17, 1982 (age 39)
Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Other namesHapa
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight244 lb (111 kg; 17 st 6 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight
Reach79 in (201 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico, US
TeamAlliance MMA[2]
Glendale Fight Club (May 2013–present)[3]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2009– 2021(MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total26
Wins18
By knockout14
By submission2
By decision2
Losses7
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision2
Draws1
Amateur Muay Thai record
Total2
Wins2
By knockout2
Other information
Spouse
Erin Browne
(m. 2001; div. 2009)

Jenna Renee Webb
(m. 2015; div. 2016)

(m. 2017)
Children3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Browne was born in Hawaii to a mixed-race father with Native Hawaiian ancestry and a European American mother.[6][7] He played basketball and won 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.[8]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

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 ChampionshipEdit

In March 2010, Browne signed with the UFC.[9] He made his debut at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale against James McSweeney.[10] 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.[11] 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 (30–27, 30–27, and 30–27).[12]

Browne agreed to fight UFC newcomer Chad Griggs on April 21, 2012, at UFC 145.[13] 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.[14]

Browne faced Antônio Silva on October 5, 2012, at the main event of UFC on FX 5.[15] 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. A camera crew from Vice Media followed and interviewed Browne before and after the fight with Silva.[16]

Browne faced Gabriel Gonzaga on April 13, 2013, at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[17] Browne defeated Gonzaga via first-round knockout by elbows to the side of the head. The performance earned Browne Knockout of the Night honors. The win however was not without controversy as Browne not only held on to the fence to defend a takedown but also connected with illegal 12–6 elbows to the back of the head to Gonzaga. Gonzaga's appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to overturn the fight to a no-contest was denied.

Browne faced Alistair Overeem on August 17, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 26.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

Browne faced Fabrício Werdum on April 19, 2014, at UFC on Fox 11.[21] 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 (49–46, 50–45, and 50–45).[22]

Browne faced Brendan Schaub on December 6, 2014, at UFC 181.[23] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Browne faced Andrei Arlovski on May 23, 2015, at UFC 187.[24] Despite being a heavy betting favorite, Browne lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[25] 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.[26]

Browne faced Matt Mitrione on January 17, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 81.[27] He won the fight via TKO in the third round. However, this win was controversial, as Mitrione suffered multiple eye pokes from Browne throughout the fight, with Browne even targeting the eye with jabs and punches, causing Mitrione to have an injured eye.[28]

Browne next faced Cain Velasquez on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200.[29] He lost the fight via TKO in the closing seconds of the first round.[30]

Browne faced Fabrício Werdum in a rematch on September 10, 2016, at UFC 203.[31] He lost the fight by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–27, and 30–27).[32]

Browne faced Derrick Lewis on February 19, 2017, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[33] Despite hurting Lewis with body strikes in the first round, he lost the fight via knockout in the second round.[34] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[35]

Browne faced Alexey Oleynik on July 8, 2017, at UFC 213.[36] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.[37] This result prompted UFC president Dana White to say "I think that Travis should retire."[38] It was his last fight to date.

Personal lifeEdit

 
Browne posing with a young fan in 2013

Browne has two sons from his first marriage to Erin – Kaleo and Keawe. Browne married Jenna Renee Webb in January 2015. In July 2015, Webb posted Instagram photos showing multiple bruises on her body allegedly caused by Browne and claimed he beat her. As a result, Browne was removed from the UFC's International Fight Week events pending an investigation.[39] On August 28, 2015, the UFC reinstated Browne when their independent investigation found "inconclusive evidence" in the domestic violence inquiry.[40] Following the report, Webb publicly stated she is considering pressing charges.[41] Browne and Webb divorced on February 21, 2016.

He has been in a relationship with former Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey since 2015.[42] On April 20, 2017, Browne and Rousey announced their engagement. Browne proposed to Rousey under a waterfall in New Zealand.[43] The two were married on August 26, 2017, in Hawaii.,[44] On April 21, 2021, Browne and Rousey announced on her official YouTube channel that she was four months pregnant.[45][46] On June 29, 2021, Browne and Rousey announced that they were expecting a girl.[47] On September 27, 2021, Rousey and Browne announced the birth of their daughter La’akea Makalapuaokalanipō Browne.[48]

Browne's moniker, 'Hapa', is derived from the term in Hawaii for a person who is mixed blood.[citation needed]

Browne attended the 2019 WWE Hall Of Fame ceremony with his wife, Ronda Rousey, who was working with the WWE. During the event, a fan rushed the stage and tackled Bret Hart, who was being inducted as a member of the tag team The Hart Foundation. Browne was one of several men who ran onto the stage to help subdue the man. Hart later thanked Browne the next night during WrestleMania 35.[citation needed]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 18 wins 7 losses
By knockout 14 4
By submission 2 1
By decision 2 2
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–7–1 Alexey Oleynik Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 213 July 8, 2017 2 3:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 18–6–1 Derrick Lewis KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne February 19, 2017 2 3:12 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Fight of the Night.
Loss 18–5–1 Fabrício Werdum Decision (unanimous) UFC 203 September 10, 2016 3 5:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 18–4–1 Cain Velasquez TKO (punches) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 1 4:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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 UFC Heavyweight title eliminator.
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 (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 in round 3 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 interim 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 (knee injury) 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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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