Prior to his TUF Finale bout against Gabriel Gonzaga, CagedInsider.com caught up with UFC heavyweight Travis Browne. The Hawaiian born fighter talks on his recent loss to Antonio Silva and new training partner Frank Mir, assisting him in preparation for a possible ground match against the BJJ specialist.
Talking about roots, you mentioned earlier you started jiu-jitsu, and in your next fight you are facing Gabriel Gonzaga, who is one of the better BJJ fighters in MMA. Are you going to be comfortable if the fight hits the ground?
"Definitely, especially now here at Jacksons we have arguably one of the best heavyweight submission artists in the division in Frank Mir. I get to roll with him, and we get to work on certain things. I have one of the best coaches in Greg Jackson; we have a lot to look forward to on the ground. If it goes there he is in just as much danger as I am. I can get up, I can reverse."
"MMA is not a Jiu Jitsu match, it’s a fight. So, if it goes to the ground he’s going to be getting knees, I can use the cage to get up, and he’s going to be getting punched in the face. It is completely different. Gonzaga knows that. So, we will see how it goes."
Gonzaga is very similar to Silva in that he has knockout power and a great ground game. Is this almost like a reset of the match with Silva?
"No, I would not necessarily say that. I think Silva is a little bit better fighter all around. Maybe not so much in his jiu-jitsu, but as an MMA fighter he is a little bit better all around. He is the next guy that is put in front of me, and he is the next guy that I have to fight."
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