Travis Browne declined to answer questions about anything he learned from his girlfriend Ronda Rousey’s loss at UFC 193, and made it clear he is only focusing on one thing right now: His fight against Matt Mitrione on Sunday. Browne and Mitrione will meet at UFC Fight Night 81, and Browne told MMA Junkie that this fight is important in his quest to be a champion in the UFC.
Following his loss to Andre Arlovski, Browne was hit publicly with domestic abuse allegations, and then news of his relationship with Ronda Rousey hit the media. Browne explained how he’s staying focused on the fight, and now things outside of the octagon:
“The only thing that really happened the last seven months is I was able to focus on my career,” Browne told MMA Junkie. “With everything else, you have to develop the mindset that you can only worry about the stuff you can control. That’s all I’m doing is worrying about the stuff I can control. That’s my mindset. Everything else is going to have its way. I have control over what goes on on Sunday and that’s what I’m focused on.”
“Coming off this year with the Andrei fight, this fight means everything,” he said. “You’ve got to come out and perform. I’m not here just to be second place. I’m here to be the champ, and every fight I have to go out there and make a statement.
“I’ve just got to go out there and perform. I’ve got to use the skills I’ve learned and just work hard. I’m excited to be in this fight, in this competition on Sunday. There’s no looking past it or anything like that. I’m genuinely excited to go in there and compete. That’s where my mind is on Sunday.”
UFC Fight Night 81 takes place on January 17 at the TD Garden in Boston, and will air on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. We will have round-by-round coverage of the event on Sunday right here on MMANews.com.