UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell has had a pop at fighting couple Travis Browne and Ronda Rousey.
It’s no secret that 2016 hasn’t been the best year for UFC pair Travis Browne and Ronda Rousey. Browne suffered back-to-back losses to Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum while Rousey was demolished in her comeback fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
Browne has been criticised a lot for his decision to leave Team Jackson-Winkeljohn and move to Glendale Fighting Club back in 2014 where he trains under the tutelage of Edmond Tarverdyan. Many people were confused at Browne’s decision to leave such a highly acclaimed gym like Team Jackson-Winkeljohn where he was moulded and made into a top contender and move to Glendale Fighting Club, whose only big star at the time was Ronda Rousey.
Since joining Glendale Fighting Club Browne has gone 2-3 in the UFC and is at high risk of being cut from the promotion completely.
Rival UFC Heavyweight Ben Rothwell believes Browne’s decision to move camp was solely influenced by the money his “sugar mama” Ronda was bringing in and not to improve his fight skills.
Speaking to Sirius XM’s “Fight Club“, Rothwell said:
“I have no problems talking (expletive) on him because he brings (expletive) on himself. He’s one of the guys – I try to be nice to him and cool, and the more I learn about him, the more of his history, he’s one of those guys that’s just a man-wh*re.
“He’s a phony, and a lot of (expletive) pisses me off with him. Why did you suddenly leave a great camp that made him good and move to a (expletive) gym that’s got a lot of guys losing? For me, I think it was a financial thing. He went there and found a sugar mama in his girlfriend.
“He’s just looking to get himself taken care of. He’s got some brains in, like, ‘Why should I fight? I’ll just get her to pay for everything.’ It’s a good financial move on his part, but it hasn’t done his personal career any good and a lot of people think the guy has regressed and he’s not getting any better. He’s lost his footwork, he’s lost a lot of different things that made him good. We’re going to find out with Derrick Lewis. Is the guy going to get motivated? That’s one thing about our sport you can look like you’re just out of it and forgotten about then next thing you know you can resurge yourself.”
Rothwell didn’t stop there, he then proceeded to slate Rousey on her media blackout, her mentality towards the fight game and questions whether she was ever “a true champion”.
“What matters is now. What’s she going to do now? What matters is six months from now if she walks away from the sport and never fights again, she never has to have her name brought up again. If she can’t come back from everything she’s been through and being put on such a high pedestal and making waves, then she loses two fights and she doesn’t come back from that? Well, then she’s a loser and she never was a champion.”
Many presume that Rousey will never step foot inside the Octagon again and they have a good point. After two devastating losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, it is considered end game for her and her fighting career.
Sean Walker, Pundit Arena