Travis Browne has lost two straight fights now, and his former coach is wondering whether the heavyweight’s decision to move to the Glendale Fighting Club is a contributing factor.
It wasn’t long ago when Browne was a member of Jackson-Wink MMA, and was sitting in the title shot mix. But, eventually “Hapa” elected to move to GFC, which is led by boxing coach, Edmond Tarverydan. The latter, as you likely know, is also the coach of Ronda Rousey, Browne’s girlfriend.
Well, recently the renowned striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn, appeared on Submission Radio. While doing so, he was asked to weigh-in on Browne, who is coming off losses to Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. Here is some of what the Albuquerque coach had to say (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I think he went to a boxing coach and tried to learn just that style and he’s put all of his eggs in that one basket,” Winkeljohn said. “The problem with that is, MMA is big and sometimes you have to pull all the tools out of your tool box. If the few tools that you decide to bring to the party don’t work, you’re kind of screwed. But if you have access to more tools and more variety, you can do more things and then the unpredictableness comes along and makes even those first tools more effective.”
Now, chances are Browne would have a very different take on the situation, as would some “Hapa” fans. After all, some fighters decide it’s best to make a change, even if they’re training out of one of the best gyms in the world.
Whether you think Browne made the right decision by going to GFC or not, the massive heavyweight needs to start putting together some wins if he hopes to remain a top 15 ranked fighter.