A few eyebrows were raised recently when news surfaced that Travis Browne’s decided to leave Jackson’s MMA to train with Ronda Rousey’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, and evidently “Hapa’s” next opponent is happy about the move…
Browne, who is scheduled to fight Brendan Schaub at UFC 181 on December 6th, reportedly told Greg Jackson that he felt like he was in a rut, and as a result, has changed up his camp. As you know, Browne is coming off a unanimous decision loss to #1 contender Fabricio Werdum in April, after winning three straight fights (and all by KO).
Well, Schaub recently appeared on UFC commentator Joe Rogan’s podcast, and here is some of what the heavyweight had to say about Browne’s decision (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Listen, I came to [Los Angeles] and switched things up. Obviously, I know Ronda very well and I know that camp pretty well. I’m not going to go into detail but I think it’s a great thing for me that he’s training there. I’ll put it like that. I think it’s a good thing for me.”
The comment apparently prompted Rogan to argue that Schaub would have said that anyways, regardless of whether he means it or not. “Big Brown” insisted, however, that Browne leaving Jackson’s is a good thing for Schaub:
“I promise I wouldn’t,” said Schaub. “I just wouldn’t say s**t. I’m 100 percent, dead serious.”
Schaub went on to argue that he’s not “worried” about Browne, but rather, he’s “worried about me.” The 31 year-old also posited that Browne’s decision to leave the renowned, Albuquerque camp had nothing to do with the addition of Alistair Overeem, especially since the two fought already (Browne KO’d Overeem last August).
So, that’s an interesting take on the situation, as Schaub could have elected to keep that opinion to himself, but clearly doesn’t mind stirring the old pot here just a wee bit.
Browne is certainly not the first, high level fighter to decide that a change is necessary, even when they’ve had considerable success in recent years. Under the guidance of Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn, Browne has risen to the top of the heavyweight ranks and is currently sitting at #3.
Now it remains to be seen if the move pays off.
UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and will feature middleweight champ Chris Weidman taking on Vitor Belfort.
The card will also see lightweight champ Anthony Pettis take on former Strikeforce champ, Gilbert Melendez.