The big story in MMA today is the domestic abuse allegations made by Jenna Renee Webb against her partner, top 10 UFC heavyweight Travis Browne. She had posted pictures of bruises and marks left on her body on her Instagram page, complete with this caption:
“Probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made was walking away from this life and starting over,” Renee said on Instagram. “I’m still ashamed for staying as long as I did. #domesticviolenceawareness.”
At the UFC 189 press conference, UFC VP of Public Relations Dave Sholler released this statement addressing Browne’s future, as well as the announcement that he won’t be participating in any International Fight Week activities. Here’s the statement, in full, from the UFC’s website:
“UFC is aware of the social media allegations made against heavyweight Travis Browne. The organization requires all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as mandated by the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC will not tolerate domestic violence or any other violation of the policy. Every athlete is deserving of due process and this situation, as with any official allegations, will be duly reviewed and thoroughly investigated by an independent party. In light of this news, Travis will not be participating in this week’s UFC International Fight Week activities in Las Vegas.
“The prevention of domestic violence and the education of the athletes is of the utmost importance to the organization. UFC holds its athletes to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action if and when warranted.”
As of Wednesday, Browne has not publicly responded to the allegations.
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