Love can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. For UFC heavyweight Travis “Hapa” Browne and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, their relationship is what Rousey says stopped her from committing suicide after losing to Holly Holm at UFC 193 back in November.
“Hapa” spoke with Activ8Media on their simple relationship and how things were immediately after Rousey’s loss to Holm.
“I was there to support her in any way I could, just like any man would do for his woman,” Browne said. “It’s pretty simple. There’s no magic in it. We go through those dark times and we need someone to lean on. I hate the fact that she had to go through that dark time, but like she said, it happened for a reason and there’s a great purpose. This is our story and this is our life, and I would go through hell and back for her.
“It means a lot that somebody would look at me in that way, especially Ronda. She’s such a sweetheart. She’s a great fighter and athlete and a big movie star, but what impresses me most is the woman that she is. She is who she is 100 percent of the time and I really respect that about her, just the woman she is and that’s what I love most about her.”
Regarding their relationship people see in the media and what they make of it, Browne says that there is so much more to what they have that people don’t see.
“Honestly, I don’t look at it as going through a lot,” Browne said. “There’s a perception that people have and they don’t see our real relationship and, honestly, they don’t see how wonderful it is. The way that we handle it is by being in the moment with each other. It’s a relationship between Ronda and myself, and we keep it that way. We don’t go outside of that and we don’t care what other people think. We’re there for each other and that’s it.”
Browne goes on to give some simple advice on relationships that has been the root of their happiness.
“Obviously we love each other and I’m just glad I could be there for her,” Browne said. “That’s what a partner is there for. They are there for support whenever you need them, for good times and bad. We dedicate our lives for this sport and I’m glad I could be there for her and show her that support.”