Video: Greg Jackson helps calm Travis Browne's pre-fight nerves
Travis BrowneÂ has set himself a part in recent months as one of the UFC’s most dangerous heavyweights.
Three straight “Knockout of the Night” wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett will tend to up anyone’s stock.
But it wasn’t that long ago that Browne didn’t have the kind of confidence he brings to the table now in his fights. Against Chad Griggs at UFC 145, when he was 12-0-1, he was having issues in the back before the fight.
“Every fight until Chad Griggs, you’d see me pacing the cage, looking pissed off, like, ‘I’m gonna f–k you up,’ right?” Browne said earlier this month at a UFC Fight Club Q&A session in Las Vegas. “Now, the way I look at it is, it’s a competition. This is a sport. I didn’t have to play mad to play basketball. When someone would do something to piss me off, it would up my level that much more.”
But before the fight with Griggs, Browne needed the guidance â€“ and comedy, apparently â€“ of his head coach, Greg Jackson.
Check out the video above to hear what Browne had to say about calming his nerves before a fight.
Then don’t miss UFC on FOX 11 in April, when Browne (16-1-1 MMA, 7-1-1 UFC) fights Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the main event. The winner is expected to challenge for the UFC’s heavyweight title later this year.
For the latest on UFC on FOX 11, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.