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|Born||Junie Allen Browning
May 12, 1985
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
|Other names||The Lunatik|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)|
|Reach||72 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Rank||purple belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Junie "The Lunatic" Browning was born in Florida and raised in Kentucky. He attended Bourbon County High School where he competed in football and the 160 lb (73 kg). division of wrestling. At the age of four, Browning began sparring with his brother to train for combat sports. Browning trained with Four Seasons MMA under Mike O'Donnell; then moving to Las Vegas, NV and trained with Xtreme Couture. His younger brother, Rob Browning, fights for the Lexington-based organization American Fight League.
The Ultimate Fighter
Browning was a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. In his elimination bout he defeated by TKO Jose Aguilar, who did not answer the bell for the second round. He was then first pick of the lightweights for Team Mir. Browning was also successful in his quarterfinal match-up with Rolando Delgado, winning by decision after 3 rounds, dropping and nearly finishing Delgado in the second. While Browning trained with team Mir, he repeatedly stated that other members on the team, namely future opponent Dave Kaplan, refused to train with him due to his intensity during training. Browning was defeated on the last episode before the finals by Efrain Escudero. He left the show by promising to be back as a fighter, but ended up as a punchingbag.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On December 13, 2008, Browning took on fellow Team Mir castmate Dave Kaplan on the main card of The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale; winning by armbar. Browning and Kaplan both won $25,000 for "Fight of the Night." Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg repeatedly stated how Browning's striking and footwork had improved dramatically since his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter season 8.
The fight between Browning and Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 18 ended quickly. After Browning was caught by Miller's straight right punch, he attempted a take down. Miller met the takedown, and clinched Browning's neck in a guillotine choke, ending the fight.
Browning made his post UFC debut against Scott Cornwell for MMA Big Show. He won the bout by submission due to a triangle choke. On February 5, 2010, Browning lost to Aaron Hall via TKO at Wild Bill's Fight Night 25 when his corner stopped the fight after the first round due to a groin injury. Most recently, Browning lost to Swedish MMA-fighter Reza Madadi in Superior Challenge 5 on May 1, 2010 via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:22 round 2. He is currently training his jiu jitsu in Hollywood at 10th Planet HQ with Eddie Bravo. Junie was scheduled to fight on April 30 first against Navid Yousefi at Superior Challenge 7 in Sweden but was subsequently injured and replaced by Carlos Prada. On the 21st of April Superior Challenge announced on their website that the bout had been canceled.
In December, 2011, Browning was reported to have been involved in a fight in the Phuket Province of Thailand. Reports say he was allegedly physically assaulted by an expatriate female at the bar, which was followed by threats against Junie's life by locals involved with the Thai mafia. On his Facebook profile, Browning admits to getting into a bar fight after someone "and about 10 of his friends started a fight". The fight resulted in Browning having to go to the hospital for treatment. He suffered from numerous gashes to the head and neck and a stab wound to the arm. His offenders suffered no serious injuries other than minor abrasions to their hands and lower arms.
Browning has since moved back to Lexington, Kentucky and has taken on the role of a coach at 4 Seasons MMA with long-time friend and trainer Michael O'Donnell. In recent posts on Facebook, Junie has claimed he has found a true passion in "being alive" and has taken to training the students.
As of 11/12/2012, Browning has posted on Facebook he is one month sober and continues to reside in Kentucky.
After nearly four years away from active professional MMA competition, Browning returned in October 2016 to face Jeremy Myers in a welterweight bout at Hardrock MMA 84. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||5 wins||6 losses|
|Win||5–6||Jeremy Myers||TKO (punches)||Hardrock MMA 84||October 15, 2016||1||2:52||Florence, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||4–6||Brian Stevens||Submission (guillotine choke)||Hardrock MMA 51 PRO/AM||November 24, 2012||2||1:31||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||4–5||Jacob Clark||Submission (strikes)||MMA Fight Pit: Genesis||August 13, 2011||1||4:18||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||4–4||Jordan Clements||TKO (strikes)||Showdown Fights: Respect||September 24, 2010||1||4:58||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Loss||4–3||Reza Madadi||Submission (guillotine choke)||Superior Challenge 5||May 1, 2010||2||0:22||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||4–2||Aaron Hall||TKO (injury)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 25||February 5, 2010||1||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||4–1||Scott Cornwell||Submission (triangle choke)||MMA Big Show: Onslaught||November 28, 2009||1||3:13||Florence, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Cole Miller||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann||April 1, 2009||1||1:58||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||3–0||Dave Kaplan||Submission (armbar)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir||December 13, 2008||2||1:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||2–0||Dustin Walden||Submission (armbar)||American Fight League: Erupption||March 7, 2008||1||5:00||Lexington, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||1–0||Logan Barger||KO (head kick)||Freestyle Cage Fighting||January 19, 2008||1||1:20||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
- "Mixed Martial Arts Show Results" (PDF). Nevada State Athletic Commission. December 13, 2008. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
- "'The Ultimate Fighter 8' star Browning joins Xtreme Couture". SI.com. October 30, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2008.
- "The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Premiers Tonight!". Spankmenews.com. September 17, 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- Burkholder, Denny (June 11, 2008). "Escudero, Bader win UFC contracts at 'The Ultimate Fighter 8' finale". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- Andrest, David (December 14, 2008). "Johnson, Kaplan, Browning, and Soszynski all win "Fight Night" bonuses at TUF 8 finale". FiveOuncesofPain.com. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- "Carlos Prada vs Junie Browning is canceled". SuperiorChallenge.com. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
- Brookhouse, Brent (December 14, 2011). "Junie Browning Involved in Brawl in Phuket, Accused of Beating Woman Earlier that night". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.