Travis Browne is facing domestic violence allegations. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Travis Browne will not be present in Las Vegas for International Fight Week after domestic violence accusations against the UFC heavyweight surfaced overnight on social media.
Jenna Renee Webb, a fitness model who was Browne’s ex-girlfriend, posted photos on Instagram Wednesday evening of bruises on her arms, legs and face. In the comments section, Webb alleged that that the injuries were caused by Browne.
“Probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made was walking away from this life and starting over,” she wrote. “I’m still ashamed for staying as long as I did.”
At the outset of the UFC 189 pre-fight press conference on Thursday, UFC director of public relations Dave Sholler read a statement on the situation.
"UFC is aware of the social media allegations made against heavyweight Travis Browne," Sholler said. "The organization requires all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as mandated by the UFC fighter code of conduct policy. The UFC will not tolerate domestic violence or any other violation of the policy.
"However, every athlete is deserving of due process, and this situation, as with any official allegations, will be thoroughly reviewed and thoroughly investigated by an independent party. As a result, Travis Browne will not be participating this week in International Fight Week activities."
The 6-foot-7 Browne last fought at UFC 187, where he suffered a first-round technical knockout loss to former training partner Andrei Arlovski. The 32-year-old Hawaii native joined the UFC in 2011 and has compiled an 8-3-1 mark within the Las Vegas-based promotion.