Ultimate Fighters Season 8 contestant Junie Browning has today been released from his released from his UFC contract after it emerged he has been charged with three counts of battery.
The fighter was arrested on Tuesday night after being accused of attacking three nurses at a hospital which he had been admitted after overdosing on 16 Klonopin pills, an anti-anxiety drug. The arrest report suggested that Browning took the pills in a deliberate attempt to harm himself.
Browning was reported to have become agitated after being taken to a room for treatment- pushing a female nurse, punching a male nurse and kicking another male nurse as he attempted to leave.
It is not the first time the troubled fighter has hit the headlines. He is best known for his controversial appearance on The Ultimate Fighter series where he struggled to control his temper, and was close to being removed from the show after throwing a beer bottle at another fighter in the house they shared. UFC president Dana White gave Browning an unexpected lifeline at the time, keeping him on the show and later allowing him to fight in the UFC where he has since fought twice, posting a record of 1-1.
It would now appear that the UFC’s patience has run out as Dana White confirmed whilst talking to Yahoo Sports about this developing story:
“He was given an amazing opportunity, but he has some serious issues that are beyond me and what I can do. I’m there for guys and I realize nobody is perfect and guys are going to get into trouble. When that happens, I want to try to help and do something for them. But he needs more help than I can give him. I did what I could for him.”