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Browne denies DV allegations: 'Putting my hands on a woman is absolutely not in me'

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UFC heavyweight contender Travis Browne denied claims made by his estranged wife that he had abused her during their relationship.

The big news out of yesterday's interview on The MMA Hour was Travis Browne's confirmed personal relationship with UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. But the other major talking point was his temporary suspension by the UFC in July following accusations of domestic violence made by his estranged wife, Jenna Renee Webb.

After the UFC ran a third-party investigation, Browne's suspension was lifted in late August when the investigation resulted in "inconclusive evidence" to support the accusations. From a legalese standpoint, "inconclusive evidence" doesn't necessarily mean "didn't do it", but otherwise can't mark him as guilty. It's much in the same way NFL officials make it a point of emphasis to say when an on-field ruling is "confirmed" as opposed to "stands". Webb said she had planned to press charges, but nothing has been reported on that since her announcement.

Browne denied the allegations in his first in-depth public conversation since the suspension ended: (Transcription via MMA Fighting)

"Have I ever gotten physical towards her?" Browne said. "No, absolutely not. Like I said, there's circumstances surrounding all this. That's up to her and her family to deal with. I'm back to fighting. The results speak for themselves."

"I'm a lot of things," Browne said. "I can be an asshole. I can be mean. But putting my hands on a woman is absolutely not in me. That goes against everything in my DNA as a human being. The general public may not have an understanding about me and what I do, how I feel about my children, how I feel about my family, how protective I am over my family and children. They just see a big guy in a cage that fights, that knocks people out or this and that."

"Hapa" sees the UFC's investigation as one to find the truth, as opposed to look for a way to clear him of any wrongdoing:

"I think people have the wrong idea about the investigation that the UFC put on," Browne said. "A lot of people feel like it was an investigation to clear me, which that is the farthest thing from the truth. The whole point of that investigation was to find the truth."

Accusations first arose when Webb posted pictures of herself covered in bruises and marks which she said was Browne's doing.

"Probably one of the hardest decisions I've ever made was walking away from this life and starting over," Webb said on Instagram. "I'm still ashamed for staying as long as I did. #domesticviolenceawareness."

For now, Browne is cleared to fight and will take on Matt Mitrione at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz on January 17th, 2016 in Boston, MA.