Travis Browne on UFC on Fox 11 Loss: ‘I Beat Myself in That Fight’
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.13.2014
Browne breaks his silence on the bout…
In an interview with The MMA Hour, UFC heavyweight fighter Travis Browne talked about talked about his loss to Fabricio Werdum in their main event bout at UFC on Fox 11. Below are some highlights from the interview.
Browne on his has hand break in the first round: "It felt like it exploded. And I kept trying to hit him with it but I just couldn't do it anymore. I felt the pain shooting up my left shoulder and trap and the left side of my neck. It felt like I was on the STIM machine or something, but not in a good way, in a very painful way."
Browne on how he was hurt during the fight: "A lot of people were posting a picture where he kicked me on the right side, and it wasn't that kick. It was something else. I don't even know what it was, but even now my ribs will shift a little bit. But for me it wasn't the ribs. The ribs weren't a factor. For me it was my left hand and then my left foot. Pretty much I had three weapons gone, because I couldn't kick -- I couldn't use my left leg to kick because it hurt like crazy when I would try to kick, I couldn't use my right leg to kick because I couldn't put all the pressure on my left leg -- and then during the fight I was just thinking, I can't keep my jab out there because it hurts too much to jab him, so if I'm going to throw my left, I'm just going to try to knock him out."
Browne on how he was instinctually just looking for the knockout after he got hurt in the fight: "For any fighter, I feel like when it hits the fan and you just are relying on instinct, what are your habits? What do you go back to, just naturally? And for me it's trying to give big shots and trying to knock you out. But just like every other athlete, as you evolve in this sport, you start to be scouted, you start to be looked at, and guys now know I have that power to come back at any point in the fight, so they start avoiding that one big shot. That's what Werdum did a great job of. We have to change my habits, so that when the worst case scenario happens, I don't start just swinging for the fences. I still stay composed, I pick technique over power and I push the pace that way."
Browne on Werdum's antics during the fight: "Watching the fight back, it's motivating. I saw some things (from Werdum) that I'm not okay with."
Browne on dealing with the loss: "It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to deal with. Because everything aside, I don't make excuses. Werdum whooped my ass, and that's what I had to come to terms to. He just straight up kicked my ass. It doesn't matter about injuries. It was me. And that's one thing that I've learned, I beat myself in that fight and I need to figure out what I need to do in the future to change that. I need to go back and reassess a lot of things in my career and really figure out what I need to put in place in order to be successful again. People look at it, ‘oh, you're taking it kind of rough, this is just one loss, you had an off night, why are you saying that you have to reassess everything?' And it's because in this game, when you lose once, you could be one fight away from getting cut. So if you don't make the changes in your life that you feel you need to make to be successful again, then you risk running that loss again. So from A to Z, I'm making changes."