There are big changes in the works for Travis Browne.
The top heavyweight contender is leaving Jackson-Winklejohn MMA for the foreseeable future and doing his entire upcoming training camp at Glendale Fighting Club in Los Angeles with Ronda Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan, reports UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani. Browne meets Brendan Schaub at UFC 181 on Dec. 6.
Browne (16-2-1) will still be a part of Team Jackson, but wanted to make some serious alterations after his loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC Fight Night on FOX back in April. Had Browne won that fight, he would be taking on Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title. Instead, he was dominated by Werdum, who meets Velasquez at UFC 180 on Nov. 15.
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Browne, 32 remains ranked No. 3 among heavyweight contenders, so he didn’t fall off much. His only other loss came against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva when Browne tore his hamstring during their 2012 fight.
Tarverdyan and Glendale Fight Club have done wonders for Rousey, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion. She has made incredible strides in her boxing working with Tarverdyan. But there have been mixed results overall for others who have done camps at GFC, like Jake Ellenberger, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke.