It sounds like Brendan Schaub could be in for a long night against Travis Browne at UFC 181.
Despite owning 12 first-round stoppages dating back to his professional debut in 2009, Browne plans to take his time against Schaub.
"Honestly, I don't want to knock him out," Browne told fans during a Q&A session last week in Halifax, Nova Scotia. "I want him to feel what it feels like to go three rounds with me. I'll tell you right now. This guy, a lot of people don't rub me the wrong way, but opinions are like a**holes and you need to keep them to yourself. That's exactly what he needs to do."
Browne is assumably referring to comments recently made by Schaub regarding the Hawaiian's recent switch of camp. In September, Schaub told UFC commentator Joe Rogan that he believes Browne made a mistake by leaving famed trainer Greg Jackson in New Mexico in favor of Edmond Tarverdyan, Ronda Rousey's head coach.
"Obviously, I know Ronda very well and I know that camp pretty well. I'm not going to go into detail but I think it's a great thing for me that he's training there," Schaub said. "I'll put it like that. I think it's a good thing for me."
Admitting he had become depressed following his loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC on FOX 11 in April, Browne revealed he hadn't even watched tape of the five-round main event until he sat down with Tarverdyan three months later.
"I'm not looking past Brendan Schaub at all," said Browne. "Everything goes my way, I get past this guy, I want to fight for the title. I've never asked for anything from the UFC. I've never asked for a certain fight. For me, I can't wait to fight for that title and losing to Werdum has made it that much more of a priority on my list. Moving forward and making the changes that I needed to make to fight for the title."
UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II goes down Dec. 6, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Most common statement heard after a fight, "I hope the other guy looks worse!" (With disgusted look on face)— Rick (@Rick_Story) October 6, 2014
#teamblessed http://t.co/e1FYFRqKHE pic.twitter.com/nDrboPvyhU— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) October 5, 2014
Mega thanks for all the kind words and support,means a lot— Mike Wilkinson (@M_WilkinsonMMA) October 5, 2014
Getting it done. Feels amazing to have the country behind me. Thank you! http://t.co/NPxiPIMCZk pic.twitter.com/SDxAoKX64f— Cathal Pendred (@PendredMMA) October 4, 2014
Teaching some kicks at the @proedgetraining seminar in Bedford https://t.co/eExolslHLq— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) October 5, 2014
First & foremost want to thank God for another battle won ,also All my family my team my sponsors my supporters. ___Will be back stronger.— Raphael Assuncao (@RaphaAssuncao) October 5, 2014
Highlights: Chad Laprise vs. Yosdenis Cedeno Highlights from the fight! http://t.co/IAkD8HOm5z— Chad Laprise (@ChadLaprise) October 5, 2014
I am humble in my victory. Thank you everyone that supported and cheered me on in my #UFCHalifax bout - Looking to come back even better!— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) October 5, 2014
Though fight and opponent ,I got the W but unfortunately I broke my foot again in the first round,I've been there bfore so I could manage it— Nordine Taleb (@NordineTaleb) October 5, 2014
@arielhelwani Do you mean fight-wise or in general... jk, thanks for the shout out!— Mitch Gagnon (@MitchGagnonUFC) October 5, 2014
I did the @matthughes9x tonight in my fight. Double legged a guy all the way from one side of the cage to my corner.— Daron Cruickshank (@Cruickshank155) October 5, 2014
Victory brunch! http://t.co/XiP4RoYzbQ— Olivier Aubin (@MMAOAM) October 5, 2014
Just wanna thank my team and of course @jasonsaggo without him I couldn't have grown as a fighter! Great fight and great heart Jason— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) October 6, 2014
@GuneyOmerG I appreciate it my friend— Pedro Munhoz (@PedroMunhozmma) October 5, 2014
Better luck next time.
Rick Story, thanks for a great fight. @Rick_Story #UFCStockholm @UFC_UK @UFC http://t.co/JUdbJvZMkv pic.twitter.com/K81NAGjPCP— Gunnar Nelson (@GunniNelson) October 5, 2014
Magnus Cedenblad's gum shield after I kicked him in the face!! Credit to him for getting back into the... http://t.co/DbpV6afSur— scott askham (@scottaskham1) October 5, 2014
Honor to fight alongside one of the toughest guys in the @UFC @Rick_Story way to battle for the win #UFCSweden #USA pic.twitter.com/14A0PgyG9n— Charles Rosa (@CharlesRosaMMA) October 5, 2014
@TpostMag Thanks bud. Great to have u here!— Tor Troeng (@ThorTheHammer) October 5, 2014
I have no excuses , I was the most prepared as I could ... At the department , and so much ... Thanks for the support I promise a better return
Nie mam wymowek byłem przygotowany naj jak mogłem... Na działem się i tyle... Dzięki za wsparcie obiecuje ze wrócę lepszy— Marcin Bandel (@BombaBJJ) October 4, 2014
Thanks everyone for the support. Just a minor setback. I ll be back!!! Merci à tous pour votre soutien! Je reviendrai meilleur!!— Tarec Saffiedine (@tarecfighter) October 5, 2014
Just want to apologize to you guy for my performance tonight. My head wasn't in the game and it cost me the fight. Sorry you guys.— Anthony Njokuani (@anthonynjoku) October 5, 2014
Thanks to all my friends for coming out. I didn't get the W but I'll come back stronger. #ufchalifax... http://t.co/df0XfnWiGD— Jason Saggo (@jasonsaggo) October 5, 2014
This is a tasty well earned one http://t.co/Jnht9Yd9iY pic.twitter.com/U1ixdKW8MV— Patrick Holohan (@PaddyHolohanMMA) October 5, 2014
Get beat up by Steve Carl then get to fight the #3 guy in the world. Makes perfect sense :) #ufclogic— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 3, 2014
If you are not intelligent enough to realize I'm teasing a bitter @Benaskren.... UR an idioot too! #welcomeback2UFCmachine— Joshua Burkman (@JoshBurkman) October 5, 2014
Let me also say, I really enjoyed my time @MMAWorldSeries I made good friends and would not B here wo there support. pic.twitter.com/UVWwcyXWx5— Joshua Burkman (@JoshBurkman) October 5, 2014
Probably same as UR career... Nobody will really care but ur followers. @Benaskren @MMAWorldSeries @AliAbdelaziz00 @ufc— Joshua Burkman (@JoshBurkman) October 5, 2014
@ufc is WRONG 2 suspend @cungle185. The post fight hGH result was scientifically NORMAL & exactly what experts expect. NOT a valid positive— Victor Conte (@VictorConte) October 5, 2014
WADA does NOT consider @cungle185 test a positive because NO isoforms or IGF-1 tests done & exercise elevates hGH well known. @ufc MISTAKE!— Victor Conte (@VictorConte) October 5, 2014
@ufc didn't do the 3 WADA tests needed 4 positive. They compared @cungle185 to rested hGH normal. Not 2 post exercise normal. Cung = NORMAL— Victor Conte (@VictorConte) October 5, 2014
Ebola lands in D.C. and we can only hope a White House intern came into contact so as to deliver it to the belly of the beast.#NoFlyZone— Pat Miletich (@patmiletich) October 6, 2014
Good lord man.
Shhh, don't tell the @ufc RT @JohnMunley: The man @BensonHenderson with a toothpick in his mouth while competing at NOGI worlds.— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) October 6, 2014
Took 3rd at #NoGiWorlds, the match I lost was interesting to be apart of, shoulda brought my track shoes to help me chase'em down ;-D— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) October 5, 2014
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Programa Domingo Legal do SBT hoje com @camisoliveira_ pic.twitter.com/iICoLyafe9— Jhenny Andrade UFC (@jhennyandrade10) October 5, 2014
The many faces of the answer @ufc http://t.co/voNpwfYKhT pic.twitter.com/GMQ3xLWm2c— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) October 6, 2014
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via MrBrutality.
Halloween FanPost: Top 10 Most Horrifying Situations in MMA
The month of Halloween is here - let's celebrate by examining the the scariest places to be in Mixed Martial Arts. What are the absolute worst situations to find yourself in?
There are certain situations in our beloved sport that have become known as unfavorable, to say the least. So while this list may not include a one night stay in Joe Son's prison cell, or employment as Mayhem Miller's public relations manager, the following scenarios are filed under 'TO BE AVOIDED' by most professional fighters. Let's get to it:
10. The Waiting - Going to a Decision against Benson Henderson
Ben Henderson does not lose controversial decisions. As Frankie Edgar, Gilbert Melendez, and Josh Thomson have all found out recently, if you have a close fight with Benson, you are going home a loser. The judges are firmly in the corner of the 'Smooth' one, so his opponents now must be wary of odds if they see the final bell. To avoid career and purse damaging losses, avoid going to the D with this man.
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