Travis Browne was once considered to be one of the best fighters in the UFC Heavyweight Division, but in the last year, Browne has fallen to a role of gatekeeper in the division.
Coach Mike Winklejohn, who previously coached Browne along with Greg Jackson, helped the fighter earn a 16-2-1 record as a professional MMA fighter. Since moving to Edmond Tarverydan’s camp with girlfriend, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, Browne has earned a record of 2-3-0 and is on the first losing streak (currently at two) in his career.
Winklejohn recently spoke to the people at Submission Radio about Browne moving to Coach Edmond’s team and his shortcomings since making the move.
"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…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” said Winklejohn.
Just in case you were also wondering if Coach Winklejohn will ever work with Browne again soon, do not get your hopes up.
"I will never say never, but at the moment I don't want him. It's just one of those things. I don't dislike him, but he left and I have my other guys now that I'm focused on. And, you know, he left and he said some things about how he's learning these skills he didn't have before” said Winklejohn.
Taverdyan also created controversy by scuffling with Browne's opponent Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203.