Travis Browne experienced defeat for the first time in his professional career at UFC on FX 5 on Friday night in Minneapolis, Minn.
Aggressive from the opening bell, Browne injured his left leg somewhere along the way, hampering his mobility and basically leaving him as a sitting duck for Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The big Brazilian took full advantage, rocking Browne with a hard right hand, powering him to the mat, and finishing him of with a few more punches for the TKO stoppage.
It appears that Browne’s aggressive, flashy variety of striking techniques were his own undoing in the fight.
He immediately went high with a spinning kick, which is a high-risk maneuver that may have been the cause of his injury.
“I think it was like the first kick I threw, my left hamstring popped like three times,” explained Browne at the UFC on FX 5 post-fight press conference.
He refused to use it as an excusive, however, adding, “Putting that aside, Bigfoot came out, he won the fight. I don't wanna take anything away from Bigfoot. He came out, he kept all eyes on something that he saw, and he won the fight.”
As humble as he was, the Hawaiian heavyweight had a bitter side to him as well. The bitter pill of defeat didn’t sit well in his stomach.
“All this does is motivate the Hell out of me,” Browne declared. “I'm still the same fighter, but I'm gonna come back even more pissed off and harder this time. I (expletive) hate losing.”
It was too soon to know the full extent of Browne’s injury at the post-fight press conference, but regardless of the details, the defeat stoked his fighting spirit.
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