As if Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials didn't have enough on their plates this week with International Fight Week in full effect in Las Vegas, Nevada, culminating with the much-anticipated UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 11, 2015, the company now has an alleged domestic violence case involving Travis Browne to deal with.
"Hapa" was accused by his longtime girlfriend, Jenna Renee Webb, of putting his hands on her, which led to her posting pictures on Instagram showing the aftermath (see it here).
The world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion released a statement on the situation earlier today (Thurs., July 9, 2015).
"UFC is aware of the social media allegations made against heavyweight Travis Browne. The organization requires all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as mandated by the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC will not tolerate domestic violence or any other violation of the policy. Every athlete is deserving of due process and this situation, as with any official allegations, will be duly reviewed and thoroughly investigated by an independent party. In light of this news, Travis will not be participating in this week's UFC International Fight Week activities in Las Vegas. The prevention of domestic violence and the education of the athletes is of the utmost importance to the organization. UFC holds its athletes to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action if and when warranted."
UFC president Dana White was not present at today's pre-fight press conference (video replay) to give his take on the unfortunate situation.
Browne was scheduled to be at several meet and greets with fight fans at the annual UFC Fan Expo this weekend, but "Hapa" will now be forbidden to mingle with his supporters in light of this development.
As always, keep it locked to MMAmania.com for more on this developing story.