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Thursday, 12/26/2013, 10:48 am

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Travis Browne Fights To Provide His Children The Opportunities He Never Had

Motivation. Determination. A will to win.

Most professional fighters have all of the above. Otherwise, they probably wouldn’t have made it to the professional level. When you’re faced with a tough training session, or months of isolation from your family and friends, or you’re in the middle of a grueling battle inside of the cage, you need to find the will to go on. To keep fighting. To not give up.

When Travis Browne found himself on his hands and knees, unable to remain standing after several vicious knees from Alistair Overeem found their mark against his abdomen, he found his will to win. And he described it on the Countdown to UFC 168 show.

All of a sudden a big, huge feeling of disappointment came over me when I thought about my kids, and thinking about their dad losing like that off of body shots. It’s like there’s no way their dad is going to lose like this.”

Shortly after this moment of clarity, ‘Hapa’ found a way back to his feet and created some space for himself, backing Overeem up with a quick combination. Then he picked up one of those feet and slammed it into the front of Overeem’s jaw.

A few follow-up punches to the felled Overeem sealed the deal.

Next up on the No. 5 ranked Browne’s plate? A showdown with the No. 6 ranked Josh Barnett at UFC 168, this Saturday night. The winner could find himself  in a number-one contender match with Fabricio Werdum, before heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez returns from shoulder surgery in late 2014.

Browne plans on using the same motivation that willed him back to his feet against Overeem – his two sons, Kaleo and Keawe – to help him cut a path to the heavyweight strap.

I want to give my kids the opportunities that I didn’t [have], that’s all.”

We’ll find out if Barnett can find his own will to win this Saturday night, or if ‘Hapa’ will continue on his path towards UFC gold.

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