A source close to the fighter has confirmed to MMAJunkie that Robert Browning, 22 year old brother of controversial TUF8 contestant Junie Browning, has been asked to compete this season for the U.S team.
Browning, who had recently turned professional is 1-0 in his short career. Before turning pro he experienced a solid amateur career, he was 4-2 while claiming the AFL’s amateur featherweight belt. However, it appears Browning will compete as a lightweight on the show.
The show is currently in production and filming in Las Vegas. The show will feature 16 welterweights and 16 lighweights. Like the previous two seasons the contestants will have to win an elimination round fight to earn the right to stay in the house. The US team will be coached by MMA veteran Dan Henderson, and the UK team by British star Michael Bisping. The two will square off in a top contender match sometime after the season wraps up with hopes at a future title shot.
Junie Browning, a lightweight semifinalist for Team Mir on TUF 8 was almost kicked off the show numerous times due to a series of wild antics, usually fueled by booze and rage. It was obvious Junie was a skilled fighter on the show but his antics usually overshadowed what he accomplished in the cage.
The practical jokes are all in good fun and entertaining, but I don’t watch the show to see that stuff. I watch to see up and coming fighters fighting for their dream, literally. So here’s to hoping instead of talking about Robert’s antics, we will be talking about his ability as a fighter.
The show debuts on April 1st, immediately following UFC Fight Night 18. Junie Browning will compete on the card against TUF 5 veteran Cole Miller.