Travis Browne Discusses His Victory Over Alistair Overeem
Posted by Larry Csonka on 08.19.2013
And controversy over when the fight should have been stopped…
- Travis Browne recently spoke about his victory over Alistair Overeem on Saturday night. Here are the highlights…
On Controversy Over The Stoppage: "People are saying, 'Oh, it should have been stopped earlier.' Well obviously not because I came back and knocked him out. "He was not responding when I was hammering his face with my fists. He was out. He was looking everywhere but me or at Mario Yamasaki."
On Surviving Overeem's Onslaught: "During the barrage that he was throwing, 'I could hear Yamasaki saying, 'You've got to move. You've got to do something,'" Browne said. "So I was yelling at Yamasaki and saying, 'I'm OK! I'm OK!' Then I moved and just showed that I had life left. I was there mentally the whole time."
On Finishing Overeem: "His eyes were so far back in his head that I wasn't even going throw a third hammerfist," Browne said. "I cocked back, but I was looking at him and thinking, 'Nah, he's done. I'm not going to hit him again.' There was no response from Alistair when he was flat on his back looking at the light. If he would have given him an extra five or 10 seconds, there would be something wrong with him right now. When your head is bouncing off the mat? The first one was the hardest one. I was actually landing on the ground when I threw it."
On People Making Excuses: "I almost called it before the fight even happened," Browne said. "I said, 'What's going to happen is I'm going to go out here, I'm going to win, and then everybody is going to make excuses for the guy.' I knew people were going to say, 'If he would have fought the Overeem back in the day, it would have been completely different.' I beat him. I knocked him out. Stop making excuses for the guy. When I sat in the press conference after I lost to Antonio Silva, I came out and said, 'I don't have any excuses. I lost the fight. You can't take that away from him.' People are going to make excuses for their favorite fighter or who they think should have won, but you have to look at the facts and see what happened."