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Exclusive Interview: Junie Allen Browning

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Some have criticized this season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter by calling it “The Junie Browning Show.” That doesn’t seem to bother Browning, who says he’s happy as long as people are entertained. And let’s face it, we are.

On tonight’s episode Browning takes on Rolando Delgado, which he promises is “the best fight this season.” He also discusses some of his drunken antics, the response from his co-stars, and living up to the expectations of his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. It all makes for an interesting conversation and a fitting interview for our one-year anniversary, since Browning says he reads Cage Potato “all the time.” Who the hell can blame him? Now that you’ve seen a few episodes of the show, what do you think of how they’ve portrayed you?

I think it’s pretty much correct. They didn’t really edit me to look like an asshole. I did that myself. I think I would have liked if they played some of the clips of me goofing around with the guys, but it’s 100% asshole on the show.

What do you think was the correct percentage of asshole? 50%? 80%?

I’d say about 90% asshole. A lot of the stuff I was doing started off as playing around and went from there. Like me throwing peanuts at the guys and stuff, that started as just playing around, but people might not realize that and think I was just always being an asshole.

Is that how you are all the time, or was that just in that house and on that show?

I think it was the house and the combination of tequila and vodka. I’m not like that all the time. Back at home I’m not like that. I’ve never had to be carried out of a bar or anything like that. I think it’s just that place that turns you crazy.

Well what about when we see you getting drunk and out of control, then Dana White comes and gives you a talk and you’re almost kicked out, then a couple days later you’re sober and getting into it again with Efrain Escudero?

The argument with Efrain, I knew it wasn’t going to escalate or anything. We weren’t about to get into it then. It was more just shit-talking, and that happened between pretty much everyone in the house. I didn’t really have too much against him. Before that scene, they didn’t show it, but he was talking all about his wrestling, about how he was so much better, but they didn’t show that. They just showed me talking shit to him like I started it.

What about when you jumped over the cage after his fight with Shane Nelson? That didn’t seem like just shit-talking.

I was really just pissed there and I just snapped. I thought it might be a little easier to kick his ass when he was tired after a fight. I didn’t want to give him a rest.

When you see this stuff on TV now are you at all embarrassed?

It would be embarrassing if I was anywhere else, but around here (Lexington, Kentucky) I think people would have been disappointed if I didn’t act like that on the show. That’s how we are. Around here we all get drunk and try to fight each other, and that’s just at family reunions. You can imagine what it’s like when we leave the house.

Well I saw a local interview with you and your brother from a while back where you claimed to “piss excellence.” You seemed pretty sure of yourself there.

Oh, man. Yeah, that line was from a movie, “Talladega Nights.” But I mean, I get a lot of hate on the MMA forums for stuff I did on the show, but around here people see that and they give me high-fives on the street. I think people would have been disappointed if I didn’t represent Kentucky that way. If I was just sitting on the couch playing chess with the guys and twiddling my thumbs and talking about the economy, people here would have been real disappointed in me.

In general, do you think you have problems with anger?

Not as bad as it was on the show. I never get in any really big trouble back home. When I’m around all the people I know, people I’ve grown up with, I never get mad at them. And everyone around here knows each other so when I go out no one would ever try to throw my shit in the pool because they’re smarter than that.

So when you’re in the house, why drink at all? You’re in training, you’re trying to win a spot in the UFC, why not just stay sober the whole time and stay out of trouble?

Yeah, that’s what I thought too. But when you get in there you’re so bored and you’re just waiting to fight. You have to find something to do and everywhere you walk in that house there’s liquor. You want to entertain yourself, and once you take a few shots everything’s more entertaining, like breaking stuff and throwing stuff in the pool. That becomes a lot more fun when you’re drunk.

On tonight’s episode you fight Roli Delgado. What should we expect from this fight?

It’ll be the best fight this season. We don’t lay on each other like Efrain does. We actually fight. Delgado’s pretty tough and he can take a punch, as you’ll be able to see on the show tonight.

We saw on the previews where you throw a black belt at him and shove him a little. Do you usually work yourself up like that before a fight, or was that just showmanship?

It was just more showmanship. I really have nothing against him, he was just an easy target. I always like to try to mess with someone and get in their head before a fight. I knew that throughout the whole time people kept talking to him about where he got his black belt, so I thought that would bother him. It was mostly just for show, just to get to him. I didn’t have anything against him personally.

So when did you first realize that you wanted to be a pro fighter? How did you arrive at that conclusion?

Because I’m pretty much not very good at anything else. I can’t read very good, so college wasn’t going to work out. I think it started when I started wrestling in high school and did a little boxing. Every Friday after school we’d have a big fight party and everyone would just circle up, like fifteen or twenty of us, and we’d just pick out different people and fight them.

Me and my brother were just naturally really good at it and we kind of dominated. Ever since then I thought I would really like to actually learn how to fight and do it professionally. So I joined a gym and it just sort of came naturally.

With so much of the show’s focus on you, how do you think the other cast members feel about seeing that each week?

A lot of guys from the show I know don’t like it. I go on the internet and I even see it on their MySpace pages and stuff. They say things like, “Maybe I should’ve got drunk more so I’d get more airtime.” I see on the blogs and some of them are upset about it. I heard a radio interview where one of them said, “You’ll have to tune in next week to see what goes on on the Junie Browning show.”

I’m sure they’re a little upset, but of course they didn’t get airtime because they were boring. It ain’t my fault they didn’t have any personality.

Did you do stuff to purposely get on TV?

Stuff I did wasn’t intentional, but the way I looked at it was, I’m not going to hold anything back just because there’s a camera. People want to see your character. You don’t always have to be a good guy for people to want to watch you.

A lot of the guys you can tell they were holding back in front of the camera, they wanted to seem like they were a golden boy, but that’s not really how they were. A lot of the guys in the house were really assholes, but you didn’t see that on camera. The way I went about it was to just be myself and not care what people think.

Do you regret any of the things you did?

Not necessarily, because it was very entertaining. I regretted some of it after I did it, but watching the show I try to watch like a normal person and I find myself thinking, ‘Man, I can’t wait to see what happens next.’ Then I remember that I already know what goes on. Or I thought, ‘They should really kick that asshole off of there.’ Then I realized, aw shit, that’s me.

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JJ- October 22, 2008 at 9:43 pm
I've been to Kentucky,it's a very beautiful place,and every person I met seemed to be very nice.. you can't beat real southern hospitality..and it can only be found in Ky and Tenn...these are imo the last of the true southern states..I live in Ga.,the MMA scene is great but 90% of the people you meet otherwise suck!!I've been all over the country and have yet to meet better people than I have in Ky and for you guys so fixated on incest,from my travels,it's been way more apparent in the virginas,the north east, and out west than anywhere in the south...
Anonymous- October 22, 2008 at 8:45 pm
@ Luke - what your saying would be ok if he could knock people out. he can't.
Dagnut- October 22, 2008 at 8:44 pm
just watched his fight now...sh1t. no power no technique no style no brain. no future. he's not even worth any more column inches.
RyNo lextown- October 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm
this message is meant for "UFC fan Says". im done with your mom so please come put her pants back on! i didnt get to watch the fight last night. who won? hahahahahahahahaha
skull- October 22, 2008 at 12:59 pm
I heard that Woody would "milk" Junies' meatpole back at his trailer, and then drink down that load of man cream, so that Woody would be as tough as Junie! Did it work, Woody, or are you still a weak, scrawny, yellow ignoramus hillbilly?
Luke- October 22, 2008 at 11:34 am
There are a lot of comments on here about Junie, so whether you like him or not he's clearly made an impact. That's what counts in television. Remember when you were 7 years old watching the WWF, and Hulk Hogan was a good guy? Everybody needs an antagonist, and Junie seems to be a successful one. I've never met the guy, even though I'm just a couple of counties over.
The problem I have is the way people perceive Kentucky. Kentucky is just like any other state - we have smart people, stupid people, upper-class people, lower-class people, people on welfare, trailer parks, $400k neighborhoods, rednecks, and homeboys. There's just as much incest in California, Kansas, and New York as there is in Kentucky. There are just as many morons around here as there are where you are. Most everyone in Kentucky is happy to live here, and the people who aren't move away. Just like California. Just like New York.
Try stopping putting down an entire state based on your stereotypes and what one drunk guy on TV says. If everyone believed what they heard on TV, California would probably be considered its own country by now because of everything shown on TV.
Markdog- October 22, 2008 at 8:49 am
I am glad to hear Junie's perspective. I noticed he stood out when I saw the TUF 8 cast photo. But I would have never, in my wildest dreams, imagined his antics. All in all, I like Junie Allen Browning, and I like seeing him on television. If you read this, Junie, I'm sorry if I have said anything bad about you in the past.

It's amazing how much hate 'being yourself' can promote. Just look at all of these posts. If you do not act mma-politically correct, out comes the good old fashioned American racism (like that's any better). Thus, we all, including myself, post comments thinking somebody gives a shit. When in truth, we post comments for self-gratification. Can't we all just get along? Nope. I feel you Junie; it's hard to get along with pussies.
Melissa from KY- October 22, 2008 at 8:15 am
Well obviously he has everyone's attention! Regardless of what you're saying, his name is coming outta your mouth! Anyway, my whole point is that I have met him in person and been around him while he was partying and he's NEVER been an asshole. He's entertaining and a hell of a fighter, what more could you ask for?
KG- October 22, 2008 at 5:18 am
Junie is garbage and deserves to be shot at point blank range in his fucking trailer. What a piece of trash. I would slice that motherfucker up and piss in his wounds, then shit in them just to make sure he dies of infection.
Ignorant MMA fans..- October 22, 2008 at 5:05 am
All these incest and getting raped as a child jokes about Junie... Hmm most people on here sound like they have the mental capacity of a 5 year old. I wonder if your excuse that your uncle raped the brains out of your skull?
Justin May- October 22, 2008 at 4:55 am
To all the people saying Junie was going to get his ass kicked- Where are you now? That's what I thought bitches. You were wrong again. Sucks to be you guys.
TammyTV- October 22, 2008 at 4:52 am
I think Junie wanted attention and knew what he had to do to get it. What would he do to get ratings? In his eyes, he is doing right by everyone for acting and representing a white trash, red neck, wild KY boy. More people are watching now than before. See the ratings and comments starting to climb? Well, guess what... as much as you all hate knowing acting like that is so disrespectful but yet compelling and it peaks your sick side’s interest to find out what else will this kid do??? I'm happy Junie is the bad ass he claims to be though. Ask around, people know Junie has talent. Even Dana White! He knows a fighter when he sees it people! Look at his promotion, now take a look around. Is anyone else doing this well? (No disrespect to those trying. There are very good ones out there.) Ok, you tell me this. What was a race car driver doing as a teen? Racing go carts, dirt bikes, or figure 8 cars somewhere in someone's back yard. What was a professional ball player doing as a teen? Playing ball in a backyard or park. What was a professional fighter doing? Maybe getting drunk and fighting his friends and family... Well maybe just maybe. I'm not sure what all else it takes other than skill, training, commitment, hard work and confidence to be a professional fighter. I'm thinking there is something in the personality or brain that makes someone want to kick the shit out of people and actually go in knowing you may get hurt or seriously injured. I don't know why they do but I sure love to watch and have a lot of respect for them doing it.

This might be exactly what this guy needs. There is a great deal of respect floating around the MMA sport and Junie will pick up on more of that as time goes on. Plus, we all know when/if Junie makes it to the UFC, there will be someone who puts him in his place and gives him some humility. My bet is on Junie doing well with his decision to chase a fighting career shocking people along the way. I'm pretty sure that's why he bleaches his hair, carries around an attitude, has Anarchy Tats, and a Grenade on his hand. Hey, I love the dirty white boy thing myself. (Don’t lie you do too)

He is very charming, funny, and polite in person. I have an interview with him! Because he said he did well, I had to take it down. I've heard a lot of crap on his personality and behavior, but that is not what I know about Junie Allen Browning. Fighting is what he wants to do. We have no reason to judge anyone and although I don't agree with everything he has done, mainly jumping the cage and spitting on a black belt; I have no right to judge him or make negative comments about anyone. I will accept what I know about Junie and he is a cool guy, very sexy, and a great fighter.

Good Luck Junie! and BTW, Red Neck Bubba from above, I think you are hot! I love your comment. Well said!!!

TammyTV (KY White Trash and Damn proud of it!)
Espada9- October 22, 2008 at 4:52 am
Comical how some of you bumpkins claim that no one here would “make it in Kentucky” And judging from your 3rd grade writing skills I guess “make it” means getting nuts deep in your sister.
I would walk right through most of you inbreed retards, most of you clowns looks like fat sacks of adipose tissue.

As for your boy “Junie” he looks like the product of 5th generation incest, I’m guessing his IQ is around 62 (much like most of his mindless followers).

This undisciplined POS is an embarrassment to MMA. We don’t need any undisciplined meth head trailer dwellers, if you want drama watch WWE or MTV retards.
Fenix- October 22, 2008 at 3:34 am
Junie was garbage tonight, just garbage. Split decision my ass! Roli had more connected jabs and leg kicks in that 3rd rd. Stupid ass redneck! He himself even said Kentucky has the most inbread pop in US. LMFAO!!! Fucking hobo is gonna get smashed by Nover. He's the next Anderson Silva kid Danas been talking about. Did you see him train with A Silva? He is the only one that could match Silvas intensity.
Meohfumado- October 22, 2008 at 2:59 am
That fight tonight was a snoozefest. Neither guy looked like they wanted it, or had any gas in the tank after the first round.

Best fight of the series? I certainly hope not...
UFC fan- October 22, 2008 at 2:55 am
"# JGilvin41 Says:
October 22nd, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Im glad everybody on here likes to run they lip online, cuz you know for damn sure you wouldnt say half this shit if you two were face to face. Allens a good dude and he’s someone you can count on to have your back whenever for whatever. And yeah where we come from we drink and we fight and we have fun doin it, and after were done we shake the mans hand. Unless he’s some smart ass from outta town that comes with disrespect like much of yall are doin, so if you ever come down to our town dont worry bout makin hotel reservations cuz we done made reservations for you at the local hospital…see we nice ppl like that. Allen keep doin what you doin man cuz the people that actually mean shit know who ya are…you one of us homey and i know you lovin bein you just like i love bein me….shits fun aint"

Pardon me. but... am uneducated, inbreed, hillbilly nigger says WHAT?"
come back after cotton pickin' time, and after grammar school , and see if maybe you can type something legible (Websters:capable of being read or deciphered)

Oh almost forgot, junie is a stupid redneck trailer trash from Kenfucky, like all Kenfuckians he has no talent, but mouth.
His one brain cell he shares with his few friends who come onto MMA forums and type with it.
Gilvin41- October 22, 2008 at 2:49 am
and by the way since yall stupid fucks wont figure it out for yourselves i'll let you in on a little secret that us cantucky folks have on yall sophisticated call him an asshole? Idiot? whatever...who on the show is drawing the most attention? the most publicity? oh yeah allen is..whats that mean?hmmm...maybe that he is most likely to get an endorsement deal...that he is gonna have more people want to come see his fights cuz everybody is gonna wanna see junie "the lunatik" browning from the ultimate fighter...but thats dumb huh? true...if gettin your money is dumb than label all of us in kentucky stupid cuz we all about gettin paid..he was smart enough to act how he did to make that happen...and who's stupid?
Gilvin41- October 22, 2008 at 2:37 am
allens the kinda dude that really dont give a fuck what ppl think bout all yall talkin shit really dont mean shit...a man knows who he is and if he's good with that its all that matters...all you little boys out there running mouth thinking your hurtin somebodies feelings with your opinion obviously wouldnt understand that...i bet you type your little comments...spend a few minutes thinkin of your favorite redneck joke...throw that shit in there..hit submit..and think to yourselves wow that would really hurt my feelings if someone said that to me, and thats cuz your a bitch...allens not so quit wasting your time
JGilvin41- October 22, 2008 at 2:36 am
allens the kinda dude that really dont give a fuck what ppl think bout all yall talkin shit really dont mean shit...a man knows who he is and if he's good with that its all that matters...all you little boys out there running mouth thinking your hurtin somebodies feelings with your opinion obviously wouldnt understand that...i bet you type your little comments...spend a few minutes thinkin of your favorite redneck joke...throw that shit in there..hit submit..and think to yourselves wow that would really hurt my feelings if someone said that to me, and thats cuz your a bitch...allens not so quit wasting your time
none- October 22, 2008 at 2:32 am
the comments on this post have got to be some of the longest of any post.
P.S. Just watch the show and it turns out June bug isn't half the shit he says he is
GGeddings20- October 22, 2008 at 2:29 am
Crazy how a weak trailerpark redneck white trash cry baby piece of shit can drop 2 pounds in 1 hour the day before the fight and still come out and win the next day he made that guy his just sit there and imagine Junie when he is fully rested up prepared and ready to knock some fucking heads off like he has done his whole life. How many of the fighters on TUF 8 have been on the cover of TAPOUT magazine before this fucking show came out none....o wait Junie Allen Browning has a dumb poor redneck white trash cry baby dumb ass from Kentucky....Keep moving up Junie your the next Ultimate Fighter
Anonymous- October 22, 2008 at 1:55 am
yea considering your gonna knock everyone out! HA! go to the cards i hope he loses
Anonymous- October 22, 2008 at 1:54 am
WOW 1 minute left and he hasnt done shit !
josh- October 22, 2008 at 1:30 am
Stop Hating on Junie.
ovrbomb.- October 22, 2008 at 1:02 am
Guess what?

Yall dont get it...people like Junie (which is people like me) pride ourselves of liveing in a small town...drinkin beer...and gettin into fights....It took him this far...(which is deffinetly farther then all yall got) The dude has talent...plain and simple. Its easy to talk shit when you dont have to face the man.

Like my good buddy woody said (skroll up and read his comment you lazy fuckers) and i quote: "Love him or hate him, you’re hypin’ this kid up!! Junie will be in the UFC!" all judgemental fuckers....

Just sit and watch this "drunk" "redneck" Whitethrash" "hillbilly" beat the fuck out of the dude YOURE cheering for.

the end.