Ronda Rousey became a bigger UFC superstar this year for her outspoken public persona and her big wins — and even bigger recent loss — in the ring. Since she started dating fellow fighter Travis Browne this summer, they’ve become the ultimate fighting power couple.
But Browne has had a rather rocky past. Here’s what we know about Rousey’s current tag-team partner.
He was accused (and cleared) of domestic violence
Browne’s estranged wife, Jenna Renee Webb, accused him of domestic violence in a series of tweets and a July Instagram post that showed her with bruises. The UFC suspended him from competition while they investigated the claims. The investigation revealed that “there was inconclusive evidence to support claims of alleged domestic violence.”
Browne reportedly told Rousey that he’d understand if she wanted to break up with him, but she decided to believe him.
“It’s hard, it’s really hard. I’m very anti-domestic violence,” she told ESPN. “But I know that he didn’t do anything. Now I’m put in this situation where I’m finally happy with somebody that respects me and cares about me, and I’m like, ‘What do I do?’ ”
“At the end of the day, I can’t curl up with people’s opinions,” she added. “Even when everyone thinks the world of me, I still go to bed anxious and freaking out, because I’m afraid of everything. The only time I’ve gotten a reprieve from that [feeling] in my life is since I’ve been with him.”
He’s got a winning fighting style
The recent ESPN profile of Rousey reported the couple traveled around Texas, sleeping on a mattress in the back of a pickup truck. The story also says Browne hunted with a bow and arrow instead of a gun — and wanted to hunt wild turkey for Thanksgiving. He told Vice he hunts boar in Hawaii.
He has two sons
Browne has two young sons from his marriage to Erin Browne, born about a year apart: Kaleo and Keawe. Rousey, 28, doesn’t have any children, though the two might have bonded over other family issues: Rousey’s father killed himself when she was 8 years old; Browne’s father died from alcohol-related issues when Browne was 10.
Rousey and Browne aren’t immune to PDA.
Rousey avoided the public eye for weeks after November’s crushing loss to Holly Holm. But Rousey was caught in a rare moment of public affection with Browne this week as the two were spotted locking lips outside a car.