Travis Browne picked up his third UFC win on Sept. 24 when he earned a unanimous decision over Rob Broughton at UFC 135.
Browne (Pictured) landed some big shots in the fight but couldn’t quite put Broughton away. He joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show” to discuss his performance, the UFC heavyweight division and his future in it.
Browne on whether he was surprised that he didn’t knock Broughton out: “I was definitely surprised there a couple of times [that] he was hanging around, especially after the knees. I hit him twice where it clacked his jaw. When his bottom teeth hit his top teeth real quick, even with the mouth guard in, I could hear them clicking. He’s a tough guy.”
On whether the altitude in Denver affected his cardio: “It wasn’t like a really tough pace, but it was a decent pace that we had going in the fight. He’s a big guy. Altitude could have played a part. I don’t think so, though, because like when I fought [Cheick] Kongo, my lungs were burning after that fight. After this fight, my lungs weren’t … even as close to being as bad as they were with Kongo. In the end, when we were on the ground, every time I would posture up to try to hit him, he would move and do a good job of trying to squiggle out. It was just something that showed me that I need to keep evolving in the sport and raising my game.”
On his performance and what’s next: “I did dominate all three rounds, but I really feel like I should have been able to finish that fight. At this point I’m glad with where I’m at. I need to keep working and improving. To me, I need to prove myself. If I don’t prove myself, then in my own mind I’m not going to be [worthy of the] top 10. In the next couple of months to come, we’ll see who we get offered or who I’m fighting, and I’m sure it will be a step up in competition. I’m on the right track right now.”
On a matchup against Matt Mitrione: “I know a fight the fans really want to see is me and Mitrione, but is that a fight that you waste now to try to get into the top 10 or is that a fight that you wait for to maybe break in to the No. 1 contender’s spot or like the No. 3 spot? That’s something that’s up to Joe Silva, and he’ll do a great job doing it. Both me and Matt are great up-and-comers. We show a lot, but I think there are some other fights that make a little bit more sense for us to move up the ladder in the heavyweight division.”
On the Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez heavyweight title bout: “I think Junior will take it. I think he will. His takedown defense is really good, but at the same time, Cain’s wrestling might even be that much better. But I think Junior’s going to take it. There’s no easy fight to call with those two. It really just depends. Cain’s chin has been tested by Cheick Kongo, but Junior dos Santos and Cheick Kongo are two different animals.”
On how he matches up with Junior dos Santos: “That would be a great standup war. I’ll tell you that much. Me and him go at it when we spar. There’s times that we get a little frustrated with each other, and we’ll just like start swinging and swinging real hard. It’s good times. Like I’ve said before, I’m not an easy fight for anybody. You’re not just going to walk in there and punch me once and expect me to fall down for you. And the same thing for Junior. It would be a good fight.”
Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:32:12).