Earlier this year, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Travis Browne was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife Jenna Renee Webb when she took to Instagram to reveal that she was allegedly victimized by "Hapa's" fists (details here).
As a result, Browne was prohibited from attending the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's annual "Fight Week" festivities in Las Vegas, Nevada, while an outside agency conducted its investigation on the matter.
An investigation that turned out in Browne's favor, as his temporary suspension was lifted and he was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing. During Monday's guest spot on The MMA Hour, Browne talked about the "false" and unfortunate situation.
"It's just an unfortunate situation. What it really showed me is the support from the people that I need to have in my life and it helped me get rid of fakes and frauds and people that are around me that would turn on me in a second for false allegations and false accusations. I think people have the wrong idea about the investigation that UFC put on. A lot of people think it was an investigation to clear me, which is the furthest thing from the truth. The whole point of that investigation was to find the truth. And that's exactly what they hired Campbell and Campbell for. And Campbell and Campbell hired an ex-FBI agent that was in the field for 25 years. They came out and I had them sit at my dinner table, I handed over all of my information to them, my phone, I talked to the guys. That is way more than anything I've ever had to do legally. But I was willing to because I know what was said was false and a lie. The results of the investigation and that I was cleared and reinstated by UFC says enough. I don't want to go into details, I hold my dignity, there is more value to my dignity than to lower myself than to talk about somebody that doesn't have relevance in my life anymore. And knowing some of the history and some of the... her and I talked to counselors for a year together. Knowing her health history and being part of the counseling, I would love to feel angry and betrayed, but I cant because she has to deal with these things on a daily basis. Again, I am not going to a public forum and talk ill of somebody when there is no reason for it. What's it going to do? If I were to throw stones at every dog that barked at me, I would never get to where I am headed. That's why I kept quiet through this whole situation. I let it play out and I didn't want to get in the way of any investigation. It's an unfortunate investigation and it's been handled. I have a fight coming up on January 17, so the results speak for themselves."
For the record, "Hapa" did declare once and for all that he's never been physical with his ex-wife. Plus, the heavy-handed brawler confirmed that he is indeed in a romantic relationship with UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
"I remember when I used to date in High School. you would have a girlfriend or boyfriend or this and that. Man, dating is for children. Over the summer, through all of the shit I had to shuffle through, Ronda and I started talking. I will say now that we are together. She is my woman and I am her man. So there is no boyfriend, girlfriend stuff. We're not dating, we are together."
"Hapa" is scheduled to take on Matt Mitrione on Jan. 17, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 81, which is set to go down in Boston. Massachusetts (details here).
From nearly having one foot out the Octagon door, it seems Browne's reputation, career and love life, are now on the right track.