UFC holds Browne out of International Fight Week activities

July 10, 2015

The UFC has suspended heavyweight Travis Browne from all International Fight Week festivities this week after pictures were posted by Browne’s partner, Jenna Renee Webb, alleging Browne caused her bodily harm.  Webb posted pictures and a statement on her Instagram account although it appears that she may not press criminal charges against him.

In a report from TMZ Sports, Webb said the images of her bruises were from a February incident allegedly with Browne.  Browne’s manager, John Fosco, responded on behalf of Browne stating that he denies the allegations of domestic abuse citing that Webb is trying to “smear” his name.  The pictures are a result of anger based on infidelity as Browne was with another woman according to the TMZ report.  Fosco indicated that decision to not take part in UFC activities this week was mutual and his client was happy the UFC was investigating the matter.

The UFC response is below.  It is not clear if the statement was released prior to Fosco’s statement or not.

“UFC is aware of the social media allegations made against heavyweight Travis Browne. The organization requires all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as mandated by the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC will not tolerate domestic violence or any other violation of the policy. Every athlete is deserving of due process and this situation, as with any official allegations, will be duly reviewed and thoroughly investigated by an independent party. In light of this news, Travis will not be participating in this week’s UFC International Fight Week activities in Las Vegas.

“The prevention of domestic violence and the education of the athletes is of the utmost importance to the organization. UFC holds its athletes to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action if and when warranted.”

Payout Perspective:

Domestic violence is a serious matter and the UFC responded appropriately. If the allegations are true, he will likely be suspended, fined or even let go by the company. Even if the accusations might turn out to be untrue, there would not have been anything to gain to have Browne representing the company during the biggest week of its year.  Browne may lose out on some financial opportunities as he was scheduled for appearances.  But, the UFC had to prevent him from doing them as it would only have been a public relations disaster. The UFC has an image to protect and it cannot be one with men who hit women.  Hopefully the truth will prevail here.

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