December 12, 2008
Junie Browning is either a bi-polar lunatic or an evil genius. Why did the UFC lightweight prospect brawl, spit, snap and throw glasses at other fighters during this season of The Ultimate Fighter 8? Unfortunately Junie can't answer the question himself. In one breath he may say that he just wilted from being cooped up for six weeks and then he'll tell you it was done for ratings.
More than a few fighters from the show have been told by Browning that it was mostly an act.
That's what light heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski told Neil Davidson from the Canadian Press:
"To be honest with you, he did everything for show. It was a whole joke to him. Basically he told me the very first day we met - and before our fights to get into the house - he basically said 'If I get into this house, I'm going to be the crazy guy. I'm going to get out of hand, I'm going to get out of control, I'm going to pull whatever I can just to get ratings, to become the character that I want to become.' He said he was going to become the worst Chris Leben ever."
Lightweight finalist Efrain Escudero spoke with Browning after he beat him in the final episode:
Escudero said Browning confessed one on one: "'I'm sorry guys, I don't usually do this but I just want to be on TV.'"
"I saw him a couple of weeks ago at UFC 91. He told me 'Bader, that's not really me,' this and that, but he still has that in him obviously for him to do that kind of stuff. He has some problems as far as that. But I think a couple of things he was hamming it up for the cameras, knowing he was going into that bad guy mould already, that he might as well go full steam ahead and definitely be talked about."
If all this is true you have to wonder why established mixed martial arts fans would watch most of the show aside from the actual fights. There's a reason I don't watch fake reality shows like The Hills.
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