Travis Browne is a well-known mixed martial artist with excellent skills, he competes as a heavyweight in UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Popular for his massive size and well-rounded ground game, the heavyweight fighter achieved so many feats in UFC before taking a break from combat sports. He is a recipient of four Knockout of the Night awards, two Fight of the Night awards, and a Submission of the Night award. With an impressive record of 18 wins, Browne has earned huge wealth from his MMA career.
Career Journey and How Travis Browne Made His Wealth
With a record of 18 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw, this athlete has garnered a net worth estimated between the range of $500,000 and $1 million. He holds a joint record of first-round knockout victories in the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a total of 6.
The fighter began his career as an athlete playing competitive basketball at the age of 18. He won the Coastal North League Player of the Year award in 2000. While in Palomar College, he furthered his basketball career until he was introduced to the world of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at the age of 26. Before this, he had no idea about martial arts. However, he has now earned a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also got training for boxing and his first professional fight happened almost a year later.
His career progressed after he became a professional mixed martial arts fighter in 2009. At first, he fought at smaller platforms like Gladiator Challenge and King of the Cage. Nonetheless, he got his recognition as a big-league fighter when he had a winning streak of 9-0. At this point, everyone expected that he’d sign with the UFC.
He Started Earning Bigly After He Joined UFC
Travis Browne made his debut on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale while his opponent was James McSweeney. He won that fight by knocking him out in the first round. His other famous fights include the fight with Stefan Struve on May 20, 2011. This was the UFC 130 and he won the fight by knocking him out in the first round. As a result, he was awarded the Knockout of the Night award.
Travis Browne’s next famous fight was with a newcomer named Chad Griggs on April 21, 2012, during UFC 145. He won the fight in the first round by submission. For this, he earned a Submission of the Night award and also pocketed a salary of $24,000. Then on October 5, 2012, Travis recorded his first professional loss at the hands of Antônio Silva during the main event of UFC. Although he began the match aggressively, making a good display of his diverse striking techniques, Silva capitalized on the hamstring injury he sustained during the fight to give him his first pro career defeat.
The next year, the UFC star defeated Gabriel Gonzaga at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale through a first-round knockout, which earned him another Knockout of the Night honor and a salary of $40,000. Afterward, he contested in the UFC Fight Night 26 against Alistair Overeem and recorded a victory via knockout. In December 2013, Travis Browne’s performance at the UFC 168 match against Josh Barnett which he won, earned him a paycheck of $56,000, as well as his third Knockout of the Night award.
On April 19th, 2014, at the UFC Fox 11 fight, the famed athlete lost to Fabrício Werdum and despite the loss, he reportedly earned $50,000 as salary. He subsequently made up for the loss in UFC 181 match where he scored a victory over Brendan Schaub via first-round knockout. Then from July 2016, Browne had a career decline as he lost four successive matches against Cain Velasquez at UFC 200, Fabrício Werdum at UFC 203, Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 105, and Alexey Oleynik at UFC 213. After losing to Oleynik in July 2017, which marked his 7th professional career loss, Travis Browne was advised to retire by the UFC president Dana White.
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Since then, he is yet to compete in any fight, although he is said to be considering joining the WWE full-time. Through his salary from several UFC matches, Travis Browne accumulated huge earnings which account for his impressive fortune today. Currently, the MMA fighter runs ads on his Instagram handle for brands such as Max Effort Muscle.
Details of Travis Browne’s Married Life
Travis Browne has been married thrice. He first tied the knot with Erin Browne in 2001. The pair welcomed two sons named Kaleo and Keawe Browne together before the marriage crashed in 2009. Later in 2015, Browne entered his second marriage with fitness and swimwear cover model, Jenna Reneé Webb. The two went through a very sour divorce after the fighter was accused of domestic violence in July 2015. Jenna shared photos on social media platforms in which she appeared to have multiple bruises on her body.
Because of that, Browne was suspended from UFC’s International Fight Week events in 2015. However, following an independent investigation that arrived at inconclusive evidence, he was reinstated. The pair eventually signed the divorce papers on February 21st, 2016. Before the split, Travis Browne announced his relationship with former UFC fighter, Ronda Rousey in 2015.
The two met for the first time two years earlier, when they were teammates at the Glendale Fighting Club situated in Los Angeles.
Nearly, two years into their relationship, the duo got married in Hawaii on August 28, 2017. Following the marriage, Rousey became the stepmother of Browne’s two sons, though the couple is planning to have their own kids together. They are enjoying a flourishing marriage and often grace events together, including the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame.
Things To Know About His WWE Superstar Spouse
Browne’s wife is a former MMA fighter, judoka, and an actress. She was the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo which she bagged at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She is a woman of many talents. Just like Travis Browne, his fierce fighter wife has made staggering wealth from her stint in the UFC and recent contract with WWE. She amassed almost $14 million from Ultimate Fighting Championship; $10 million from winning bonuses and $4 million from endorsements.
Switching to World Wrestling Entertainment in the year 2018, the former UFC Bantamweight champion is said to be earning around $2.5 million annually through her WWE contract which includes winning bonuses and PPV earnings. As a result, she is currently the highest-paid diva on the WWE payroll. Following her remarkable UFC record of 12 wins and 2 losses, Browne’s spouse was inaugurated into the Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame in 2018, hence becoming the first female fighter to achieve such feat.
As an actress, she has featured in blockbuster films like Furious 7, Mile 22, Entourage, and The Expendables 3. The former Raw Women’s champion also played a recurring role in the procedural TV series, 9-1-1, portraying Lena Bosko.