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With Rousey's support, Browne determined to end loss streak

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While Travis Browne's relationship with Ronda Rousey blossomed, his mixed martial arts career wilted.

Once considered a surefire heavyweight title contender, Browne has lost three straight fights. After losing just once in his first 18 professional bouts, he has lost five of his last seven in a skid that began shortly before his high-profile relationship with Rousey, the most famous woman in their sport.

At left, in an Oct. 27, 2015, file photo, Ronda Rousey is shown during a promotional appearance in Glendale, Calif. At right, in a Jan. 17, 2016, file photo, Travis Browne is seen before his mixed martial arts bout at UFC Fight Night 81, in Boston. Travis Browne's relationship with Ronda Rousey blossomed while his mixed martial arts career fell apart with three straight losses. Browne says his fiancee's support is the main reason he's still in the cage and preparing for a crucial fight Saturday at UFC 213. | AP Photo/File
Yet Browne is eager to correct anybody who might think his slump in the cage is connected to his domestic bliss with the former bantamweight champion, who accepted his marriage proposal in April.

Browne said his new fiancée is the biggest reason he's still in there swinging as he prepares to face Oleksiy Oliynik at UFC 213 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

"My personal life is better than it's ever been," Browne said. "Being with somebody who understands the game, being with somebody who's there to support you as a partner in life instead of being that person who draws that energy out of you ... I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for that. I'd be pretty low in my career right now, so having that personal backing has made all the difference in the world."

Browne (18-6-1) has regularly fought in main events during his seven-year UFC career, but he's meeting Oliynik (51-10-1) on the preliminary card before the pay-per-view portion of UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. The 6-foot-7 Hawaii-born heavyweight knows he has to rebuild his reputation as a fearsome contender after going winless since January 2016.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/07/06/1716985/rouseys-support-browne-determined-end-loss-streak

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