Travis Browne upset Lewis called him out: Please keep doubting me. I will give you something to be upset about if you doubt me
Published: 21.12.2016 • 15:45
After a disappointing match but nevertheless a win against Shamil Abdurakhimov, Derrick Lewis said that he planned to call out Travis Browne or Mark Hunt. The promotion made his wish come true and they gave him Browne at UFC 208. However, Browne is upset Lewis sees him just as a stepping stone to the top.
“He’s looking up and down the top 10 for the easiest fight and choosing my name. I don’t know how much more personal it gets than that. I’m not usually one to talk trash, and I do respect him as a fighter, but you want to test yourself, buddy? I’m your man. I’ll show you what this s**t is all about up here,” said Browne to ESPN.
Browne is perhaps upset because he is in a difficult position. Lewis was not the only rising heavyweight prospect who called him out that night. However, Browne has two consecutive losses and only two wins in last six matches. His latest loss was to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203 that he blamed on a finger injury he sustained in the first round.
“That was the weirdest sensation I’ve ever had in a fight. I looked down and saw a bone popping out of my hand. When that happens, and there’s a dude trying to take your head off, I didn’t know what to do. I got a timeout I maybe wasn’t supposed to. I don’t know what to tell you. Going into that fight, I was ready to f**king scrap, get down, ugly, go after it. And then that weird s**t happens, it took the wind out of my sails.”
Many believe that Browne’s biggest mistake was leaving Jacksonwink camp in Albuquerque. But he still plans to stay at Glendale Fight Club together with his girlfriend Ronda Rousey. He believes his best days are still ahead.
“I didn’t come from wrestling. I didn’t come from boxing or kickboxing. These are my growing pains and you’re seeing me develop on the biggest stage against the best of the best. I feel the best is yet to come. Keep doubting me. Please keep doubting me. I will give you something to be upset about if you doubt me.”
Browne will have the opportunity to prove those doubters wrong when takes on Lewis at UFC 208 on Feb. 11 in Brooklyn, N.Y.