Last season of The Ultimate Fighter introduced to us to a Kentucky-bred fighter named Junie Browning, whose crippling insecurities, alcoholism, and violent outbursts made him the show's standout trainwreck — no small feat, considering all the sheet-pissing, semen-eating antics that were going on in the house. With the widespread criticism that the season received from MMA fans and other fighters, you'd think that the UFC would tighten up their TUF vetting process so that future unhinged psychos wouldn't be allowed in to embarrass the organization and the sport as a whole. Well, not so much:
A source close to the fighter has told MMAjunkie.com that Robert Browning (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), the younger brother of controversial season-eight cast member Junie Browning, was one of 16 American fighters chosen to compete in the season-opening elimination round. The show is currently in production, and the 22-year-old Browning is in Las Vegas with the other American and British participants.
As with other recent seasons of the show, "TUF 9" uses a 32-man tournament format (broken into two different weight classes). Each fighter must win an elimination-round bout to earn a spot on the official 16-person TV cast. The show will ultimately feature eight welterweight fighters and eight lightweights. (To avoid spoilers, we aren't revealing the outcome of Browning's fight.)...
Robert Browning has a 1-0 professional record and a 4-2 amateur mark. He's fought exclusively in organizations in his home state of Kentucky, which included the American Fight League, where he holds the organization's amateur featherweight title.
We first caught a glimpse of Rob in this local sports-show interview — way back when "Junie" was "Allen." But who ever thought we'd see him in the UFC one day? He's a natural featherweight, for one thing. Plus, they already rolled the dice on one Browning brother. Could Junie have been that good for ratings? Is the UFC hoping for the same controversial behavior out of Rob? Anyway, he's Dan Henderson's problem now, which is a fortunate thing, because Team UK coach Michael Bisping won't stand for any house-trashing, drunken antics. I know it's not right to judge a guy based on the behavior of his brother, but...let's just say we have a feeling about this one.