Travis Browne knew he injured himself early in the first round when he fought Antonio “Big Foot” Silva. While some fighters would have stopped the fight with over 20 minutes left on the clock, that didn’t cross Browne’s mind as he was there to perform. He used the story of boxing movie star Rocky Balboa as momentum.
“You’ve seen guys go out and hurt their knee or whatever, and they just fall over and go, ‘I can’t do it anymore,’” said Browne to MMA Junkie. “I could have done that, but that’s not who I am. I’m going to push through and see what I can do, see if I can hurt him, and who knows, maybe get a ‘Rocky’ victory.”
At UFC on FX 5, Browne tore his left hamstring and Silva took notice. He jumped on the injury and left with a TKO win in less than four minutes. Since then, Silva has defeated Alistair Overeem to become the No. 1 contender in the heavyweight division. Browne is physically and mentally healthy for his return next month.
At The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, Gabriel Gonzaga takes on Browne on the main card. It comes from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV on April 13.