Junie Browning backed up his words. He was a different fighter with time to condition, a chance to cut the weight correctly and away from the pressure cooker environment of the The Ultimate Fighter 8 house. He showed a well-rounded game in defeating David Kaplan in every facet of the fight. Browning scored a takedown six seconds into the second round and eventually worked to a dominant side control position. Junie eventually worked for Kaplan's arm and finished Kaplan via armbar at 1:32 in the second.
Browning blistered Kaplan on the feet in the first round opening a small cut over his left eye. He threw his punches in bunches and made Kaplan looked incredibly slow. Browning was the stronger fighter on the ground twice taking Kaplan's back in 1 1/2 rounds.
Browning apologized in the cage for his behavior but much of the crowd in attendance at the Palms Pearl Theatre didn't want to hear it. In a very quiet setting, one loudmouth screamed, "You're still garbage, go get drunk and throw glasses."
Sporting Ric Flair-like blonde locks he approached the cage to 80's cheese hit Tenderness by General Public (Kaplan pictured next GP lead singer Dave Wakeling).
As we speak, Browning is in the running for Submission of the Night. The guess here is that he's second in the clubhouse behind Krzysztof Soszynski's kimura against Shane Primm. The UFC awarded $20,000 bonuses at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale.
NOTE: We're doing a live post-fight radio show on ESPNRadio1100 in Las Vegas. I'll be joined by fighters from the card, Matt Serra, Stephen Bonnar and Sam Caplan from CBSSports.com. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.
- Junie Browning