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Junie Browning Exclusive: “People Are Going to See That I Was the Best One There”

People have been kicked off The Ultimate Fighter for less than what we saw Junie Browning do this season, but through it all he managed to stay on the show and endure to the semifinals.  After his loss to Efrain Escudero last night, Browning talks with Cage Potato about the person he was and the fighter he’s become, and he promises that we’ll all know the difference when we see him on next Saturday night’s Spike TV finale. So after everything that happened, how surprised were you that Dana White didn’t kick you off the show?

Real surprised, actually.  Especially after what Dana said the first time and what happened.  But I’m sure everyone wanted to see me get my ass kicked, so that was a good reason to keep me on.

Were you knowingly sabotaging yourself and trying to get kicked off?

It was more the fact that I didn’t really care.  I wasn’t ready to fight.  I knew I was out of shape.  I wasn’t prepared to fight so I just didn’t really care about the consequences.  I would have rather just gone home rather than embarrass myself on TV.  That’s not necessarily the way I look at it now, but that’s the way I was thinking then.  It’s not a good way to look at it, but that’s how it felt.

You say you weren’t ready to fight, but in the beginning you seemed to be doing pretty well.  Why do you think you weren’t ready?

The beginning of the fight, that wasn’t pretty well for me.  That was horrible.  I knew it at the time, while I was fighting, that it was horrible.  I felt like every day I was on the show I was getting worse.  I just wasn’t fighting the same.  I wasn’t fighting explosive like I normally do.

If it was just that you were out of shape, why didn’t you spend more time beforehand working on your cardio so you would be ready?

Because you have to have people to help you.  I don’t care what anyone says, you can’t really push yourself to do your own cardio.  People who say that just don’t know anything about fighting.  You can only push yourself so hard, cardio-wise, doing it by yourself.  You need someone pushing you.

And you’re saying you didn’t get any help with that from Frank Mir or the other coaches?

Yeah.  I mean, Shane Nelson was pretty much the only one helping me.  Everyone else was just lazy as shit.

Now that you’ve seen what Mir said about you, what are your feelings towards him?

I don’t hold nothing against him.  I could tell he was pretty disappointed I lost.  But I don’t think he should have too much of an opinion since he wasn’t there helping out to begin with.  He was sitting down in the corner, saying he was just going to watch because I wasn’t listening to him.  Of course I can’t listen to you when I’ve never worked with you.  You have to have some kind of familiar voice.  He was never there in practice helping me with anything.

So now that you’ve got a spot fighting on the finale, what are you doing differently to get ready for it?

I’m killing myself.  I came out here to Vegas to live and train at Xtreme Couture and when I come out to fight on the finale, I’m not even going to look the same.  I’m going to look different, I’m going to fight different, and people are going to see.  They’re going to see the improvement.  They’re going to see why I should have been in the finals.  

How has it been for you training at Xtreme Couture?

It’s been awesome.  It’s like the complete opposite.  Like when I used to have a hard time finding good training partners, here there are so many good guys, especially at my weight.  I’m daily just trying to survive.  Everyone is so good here, and they’re all trying to help me.  They realize I’m not the same as I was on the show.  They’re all cool with me and they all want to help me.  I got hooked up with Shawn Tompkins and I’ve been staying with him.  I just go back and forth to the gym every day and that’s about it.

From the show it seems like everyone wants to help you, except you don’t want to help yourself.  Like you sabotage yourself at every opportunity, even when people keep giving you chances.  Is that accurate?

Yeah, on the show, but it’s not like that now.  People try to help me now and I take full advantage of it.  People don’t take all the other stuff into consideration when they look at the show.  You got cameras in your face, you’re stuck in a house with a bunch of penises.  There are no girls, no nothing.  I’m sure getting laid a few times would have helped me a lot on the show. 

There are other factors that come into play.  I’m not saying the show is completely wrong, but I’m also not like that all the time.  If I was, wouldn’t I be in jail by now?  I think people who take that show too seriously are people who aren’t too intelligent.

When Dana White showed up to talk to you he was suddenly so sympathetic and understanding, way more than he’s ever been with anyone else on that show.  Why do you think that was?

I think he saw potential in me.  I think he knows the show can ruin some people.  I think he saw that the show was getting to me more than some other people and he didn’t want to ruin my career just because of the show.  When I’m back home with my friends and family I don’t act like that.  When I’m around people who care about me I’m not like that.  But being around all these different egos stuck in one house, it can cause some friction.

So what are we going to see from you when you fight Dave Kaplan on the finale?

I think people are going to see that I was the best one there.  I’ve said from the beginning that I wasn’t the most experienced or polished.  I was the least experienced of anybody there.  But I think I have the most room for growth of anybody there.  I don’t think a lot of those other guys have the potential to get a whole lot better.  Every time I fight I get better.  People are going to see that in this fight.  I’m going to do stuff in this fight that people have never seen.  I’m going to be technically and physically better than I’ve ever been, and it’s going to be obvious.

Why do you think they matched you up with Kaplan?

Probably just because of the little bit of drama on the show.  And because, you know, he can’t be knocked out.  I’m not going in there to prove anything to him, just to show everyone else that I was the best one there.

Now that the show is over, how do you regard the experience looking back on it?

It was a learning experience.  It really opened my eyes to see where I could take this.  I’d never been exposed to anything like this before.  But now pretty much everyone in the MMA community knows who I am now, and I got to make the most of that.  I learned just how I need to train.  And also that I can’t blow up on people for everything, I can’t take stuff so personally.  Especially in this sport, where you’re criticized all the time.  I have to roll with the punches.  I’ve come this far, I can’t lose it now.

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Spar- December 12, 2008 at 4:39 pm
You guys are a bunch of gay ass mofo's Junie will have a better life than any of you. And all you haters will just be forgotten when you die atleast people will remember Junie as a MMA fighter in tuf8 forever! now while you guys who r saying shit about him will be remembered as nothing in 20 years. Junie definately made me a fan of tuf the first time I whatched it, unlike the other pussys in tuf Junie Browning isn't one. And also If you saw how Junie got onto the show he was fucking talented that time. Its true you need help for cardio because you wouldn't know if your exhausting yourself and getting results. That goes with MMA or anytype of fightgin sport like boxing. Frank Mir sucked at being a coach and didn't even care about the people on his team. FU ALL YOU JUNIE HATERS

Laughing at all of you- December 11, 2008 at 11:59 pm
"A Loser that would that would easily get his ass kicked by Stankie"

This is the winner of the Most Stupid Comment of All Time. Congratulations, dumbass. HAHAHA.
Laughing at all of you- December 11, 2008 at 11:46 pm
All you tough guy wannabes here make me laugh. Talking thrash on the internet is just plain fukkin' sad. No matter how much of a bozo this guy is, he's a fighter, and he let's his fist do the talking. Unlike you Internet losers, makin' your fukkin' fingers do the talkin'. So sad. I got nothing but respect for fighters. Internet bitches like all of you dont deserve it. I'll bet he knocks all of you out! All at the same time. HAHAHAHAAAHAHAHA! LOSERS!

By the way, Frank Mir is the worst coach of all time. What fukkin' lazy fat fuck he is.
Dagnut- December 9, 2008 at 3:07 pm
@ Syntheticop - what area of his game did you think showed he could be a good fighter?
syntheticop- December 8, 2008 at 7:03 pm
I think Junie could be a good fighter. When I say "could" that means he has alot of issues to work through. Once his head is screwed on straight then we will see. You cannot blame Mir, all the other other guys on the show worked hard as I could tell. Junie has something deep inside that comes out when the shit starts flying. That is not in his heart it is in his head. The oppurtunity these guys had was a once in a lifetime oppurtunity. Most of them came there and did what they had to do and yes some of them came up short. But hey that is the name of the game. There is only one winner in a two man fight. Junie if you pay attention to this forum I will be pulling for you but I still say you acted like an utter ass.
ovrbomb.- December 8, 2008 at 8:57 am
blah blah....blah blah blah blah.....blah.

that is all.

Shady086- December 7, 2008 at 1:16 am
Now that's some funny shit.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 6, 2008 at 7:39 pm
@ Dagut

I understand where your comin' from. Let me just make it clear that I wasn't comparing Junie and Baroni on talent, mearly... "theatrics"?

I don't see Junie as the same caliber of fighter as Baroni, I'm just trying to draw a comparison on career, decisions and perceptions.

If I had a choice of being punched by Baroni or Junie, it's Junie every time. Baroni has proven that he can knock a fuckin' block off.
Dagnut- December 6, 2008 at 8:16 am
Lets be fair but Baroni was selling the "bad ass" those days you had to beat people to get on TV and talk thrash at that stage your trying to raise your profile probably to make a measly extra 5k or something..Baroni could compete with good guys...its seems now all you need is a sh!tkicker attitude and the temperament of a 12 year old who's had his Nintendo taken away and your a minor it stands browning would probably be a bigger draw than anyone else in the house and some real talent has emerged in there.
I consider browning a minor celebrity not a fighter as he has done nothing to warrant any respect as a fighter.
Baroni was a top 10 guy for many years, browning isn't even top 30..not even close..I know your not comparing them as fighters but at the end of the day this is the fight game, you can promote your self as a character and create a persona but if you can't back it up..shut up.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 6, 2008 at 7:52 am
@ Dagnut

Good question.

Truthfully, no, I don't see anything exceptional in Junie when compared to MMA fighters in general. But he's got the basics and sometimes, thats all it takes to rise someone to the next level.

I think he's probably got more in his bag of tricks than we saw on the show.

Like I said before, when people are given a chance along the magnatude of entering the TUF house, I wanna see them suceeed, not self destruct. Quite frankly, it wouldn't take much to get Junie on the right path to be someone who can hold his own in a cage. Right now, he's not there. But he could potentially be there. And that's why i'm curious with his progress at EC.

Maybe I'm just making his UFC fight a little more interesting for myself. Wouldn't you (and I) shit bricks if Junie came into the cage as a total animal and kicked ass? Frankly, I'd like to see that.

Someone made the comparison of Junie to Tito Ortiz. To me, Junie is more like Phil Baroni. You'd love to root for him...if only he would stop being an asshole. Like when Phil fought Frank Shamrock and got his block knocked off. I squeeled with joy! And when Baroni is jumping around going "I'M THE BEST EVAH!" and I just cringe!

And then, Baroni gets married, he drops weight, busts ass, pushes himself and pulls off a three fight win streak. And I say to myself "Good job, Phil. We knew you had it in you." And every fight is now a new horizon for him. No matter what, I have respect for him.

Junie's got the skills to at least earn some respect. And I'll give it to him.

But he's gotta earn it.

Just like Phil did.
Dagnut- December 5, 2008 at 6:33 pm
@ Old bald and Irish- I totally respect your opinion your one of the few articulate posters on here who knows what there talking about... but I would just like to ask what potential you see in Junie? I saw nothing of any worth, no striking, no grappling no heart, no discipline and most importantly no athletic ability be it cardio or power..I just don't see it..he couldn't physically dominate a guy like Delgado who was the weakest guy in the house..Sherk, Huerta, Griffin would throw him around like a rag doll..I know their established fighters but just physically they would dominate him in a clinch..I won't even mention Penn in the same breath it would be disrespectful.
Junie is no athlete, you don't have to be the strongest guy but you need something to counter act someones power , speed or agility...junie doesn't posses either..he looks like he should be strong be isn't frankly.
I don't have anything against him personally but if I was his friend or coach I'd be telling him to give up.
There has to be a certain standard of athletic ability to maintain to succeed in mma...maybe in the heavy weight divison where you might be freakishly big or a draw because of street fighting hype you can beat a few journey men and make a career but guys @ 155 will tear you up if you can't match up.
I thought junie could make up for lack of cardio by knocking people out but he doesn't have the power.
I just looked at the ufc lightweight division there just to see if I could see a fighter that a well trained focused browning could beat and honestly the only one is a rematch with delgado and possibly that clown Kaplan.
Durden- December 5, 2008 at 2:08 pm
I actually like Junie, he's real messed up, or well was in the house. But I thought it was great fun, he's passionate!
His biggest obstacle is of course his cardio, if he just works on that and stops showing off in the ring he has a good shot at winning some fights. Probably won't rocket to stardom right away or get a belt anytime soon.
You go bro!
Woody- December 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm
Just a friend of his. Since he doesn't respond to anything, I kinda feel obligated to stick up for him. haha
tyler- December 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm
Woody what are you NUTS!
The Junie Browning- December 5, 2008 at 10:13 am
Damn, I still sound like a fucking moron.
Billy Bad Ass- December 5, 2008 at 10:07 am
Old, Bald and Irish- December 5, 2008 at 9:34 am
Amen, Stankie.
JIMMA- December 5, 2008 at 9:32 am
I totally agree, like what stanky says..

"You got to have desire, determination, dedication, drive, and discipline, and that’s the hardest one, discipline. The two A’s, one is ability, but more importantly is attitude."

What this dude lacks is the mental aspect of the sport, we will see if that has improved come the finalle.
Woody- December 5, 2008 at 9:01 am
HAHAHAHA now obviously you guys know I had to post something here. I had to bite my tongue...well actually sit on my hands I guess you could say.. Anyways, quick points to a few people on here..Yes Junie is his first name, middle name is Allen. Friends and family have always called him Allen. As much as I hate to say this, I think it may be true, I think we are honestly looking at the next coming of Tito Ortiz, not skill wise quite yet, but just the fact nobody on here says "oh he's alright"'s either love or hate. I know I'm going to get bashed for even making the comparison but hey I have broad shoulders I can take it.
Anonymous- December 5, 2008 at 8:44 am
I Hate Junie, He is the biggest loser out there. Always played the tough guy throwing shit at people, and in the ring......A Loser that would that would easily get his ass kicked by Stankie. I never wanna see him on a card in any fighting event.

Nover All the way.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 5, 2008 at 8:42 am

Thanks dude. It's nice to know someones reading.

Personally, I'd like to see anyone succeed in the sport of MMA; including Junie. But if he's gonna have an additude like that, he's got a tough life in front of him.

Look, I've done self-sabotaging things. I've given up. Hell, we all have. But it burns my biscuits when I see someone with potential get the chance of a lifetime, a chance that so many others would kill for, and then just pretty much throw it away.

I don't know why it gets to me. It happens every season on TUF. Look at Chris Leben. He has so much talent, so much potential, I so want to root for him but HE SCREWS HIMSELF EVERY CHANCE HE GETS! I was plucking the short hairs outta my bald head when I heard he whizzed positive for 'roids. And just at the time when it looked like he finally turned things around for himself.

And that's why I'm not hopping on the "I hate Junnie" bandwagon. I also want to see him succeed and have a great future in the sport. But until he gets his head straight, that's just not gonna happen. Junie wasn't "the best one there", but he could have been.

tyler- December 5, 2008 at 8:08 am
He's a piece a shit redneck!
Massiveamounts- December 5, 2008 at 7:46 am
@ Dagnut, Yep, he's look very mediocore from every aspect. I just wonder who's dick is Junie sucking to get some second chances....that or Dana knew he wa good for the TUF ratings so he allowed him to stay...which could very well have much to do with him getting so many chances. I"ve not seen a reason to do it based on his fight game thats just truth. Oh and to be honest I think Junies got some issues somewhere, he speaks like he may not be the sharpest tool in tool shed to again be honest, not trying to be a dick...he may have some Filho type "I see dead people" type issues going on, we'll see I certainly hope not but again just an observation.
Massiveamounts- December 5, 2008 at 7:39 am
Damn.....wigga please, this fool has an excuse for anything you ask him, which was some great fact I mentioned in a comment yesterday I wondered how he could blame cardio on someone else when he's got access to the gym every single day....oh you need someone to push you...bullshit Junie, damn this guy. This guy is like a mixture of JT Money's arrogance with a little bit of Chris Leban (old Leban, not roid Leban) he's going to end up doing something stupid that we'll all be talking about for a long cheers Junie here's to you making me laugh (a lot) someday soon. Jackass.
neon- December 5, 2008 at 7:24 am
what a bunch of haters!! just like a group of school girls!! get over it , it's only a tv show!!!