Today, the UFC’s heavyweight division has been a constant revolving door of the same fighters and frequent title holders. Between Cain Velasquez, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum and Junior Dos Santos, the heavyweight division was lackluster at best. But with Stipe Miocic currently at the top of the pyramid, there is one man who is looking to place himself closer to a possible title shot by defeating Derrick Lewis and climb a couple of spots on the rankings ladder. That man would be none other than Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne.
*Browne’s nickname ‘Hapa’ actually means mixed ethnic background, originating from Hawaii.
Travis Browne is a Hawaiian native, who was born in Oahu on July 17th, 1982. Shortly thereafter, his parents would divorce and part ways. Travis remained in Hawaii while his Mother moved stateside to San Diego, California. Travis remained with his father, having spent the first 10 years of his life dealing with inland style of living on the big Island. Contrary to popular belief, Hawaii isn’t all belly dancers, rainbow colored drinks and resort style living. The mainland of the island is full of violence, gang activity and drugs – something that Travis would be very accustomed to seeing at an early age.
Travis’ father was a member a violent gang – Son’s of Hawaii and dealt in drugs and other violent activities. A normal sight for the young fighter would be drugs laying on the table where his father and friends would sit and drink. In addition, it wouldn’t be totally out of the question for Travis’s father to drive the family car with his gun in his lap. The fear of rival gang activity was a real scenario and Travis’ father did his best to protect his son, regardless of the life he was living. The high paced, dangerous lifestyle eventually caught up to Travis’s father, who passed away due to alcoholism when Travis was just 10 years old. To this day, Travis will still say he had a great relationship with his Dad and credits his own parenting skills to him.
Upon his fathers death, Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne moved in with his Mother in San Diego, California and had a difficult time adjusting to the ‘docile’ atmosphere. Travis was used to fighting to solve problems back home, but in California, it was a different case. In Travis’s world, you didn’t talk about your problems, you fought to decide who was right in an argument. Because of that mentality, he was in several fights inside and out of school. The fighting would eventually dissipate once he realized he was an excellent basketball player. Having incredible height and athletic ability, Travis played ball for his high school team and won the 2000 Coastal North League Player of the Year. Interestingly enough, it would be his love of basketball that would lead him into discovering his future in Mixed Martial Arts.It wasn’t until College, where a teammate who studied in BJJ would exhibit an ‘Arm Bar’ that peaked Travis’s interest in the sport.
*Travis didn’t begin his MMA career until the age of 26 years old. He trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing simultaneously.
Travis Browne, a massive human being who stands 6 ft 7in tall and weighing an estimated 240 lbs, isn’t all brawn. Among his street smarts, he’s also a solid businessman. Early on in his amateur fighting career, Travis owned and successfully ran a dog training business by the name of Foundation Canine Training. His primary focus was to train dogs for Military Protection, searches or simple obedience lessons.
Before Travis Browne was dating superstar Ronda Rousey, he was previously married to a woman by the name Jenna Webb. The pair was only hitched for a little over 13 months and while Travis had two kids from a previous relationship, their marriage ended abruptly with serious allegations made by Jenna against Travis. These allegations included some photos in which Jenna posted to her instagram account portraying bruising on various parts of Jenna’s body. Even though Jenna never filed any formal charges against her ex husband, the damages had already been done.
Travis denies any and all allegations against him and took the high road by not replying or engaging with any of the reports all over the news and social media. Travis was then suspended due to an outside investigation that was conducted by the UFC, who turned out inconclusive evidence against the HeavyWeight fighter. The Law firm who handled the case was Campbell & Williams, which stirred up controversy on it’s own because that particular law firm also represents the UFC and it’s interests. The common person would wonder why someone would attempt to ruin another’s image with damaging photos, but choose not to pursue any criminal charges. Only Travis and Jenna know the true story.
Travis Browne is currently training at Black House MMA in San Diego, California in preparation for his upcoming fight against fellow Heavyweight contender – Derrick Lewis. Some other big names associated under their flag would include Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Cat Zingano and Glover Teixeira. We’ll see how the change of camps will prove this Sunday Night in Halifax, Canada as Travis will be headlining as the main event of the evening.