Thursday 13th December 2018,

Matt Mitrione Has Broken Orbital Bone After Defeat By Travis Browne


Matt Mitrione suffered a TKO loss to Ronda Rousey’s boyfriend Travis Browne At UFC Boston On Sunday. He was hospitalized with one of the worst looking eye injuries in the sport’s history and suffered a broken right orbital bone.

Mitrione was poked twice in his right eye during the fight, but Travis Browne insisted it was accidental and was not deducted a point. Browne won by TKO in the third round.

‘It’s one of those things where it’s an accident,’ Browne said. ‘If you watch the fight, it’s not like I’m moving toward him trying to paw at him and poke his eye.

‘Every time he would jump in on me I would try to back up. [In the] third round I think I finally started closing my fist. It’s just part of the game, I guess. There’s no malicious intent behind it.

‘I don’t think it was something that needed to be a point taken away. I wasn’t moving forward. I wasn’t going after it. That’s why a referee is in there. He warned me on the last time. He’s like, “next time I’m taking a point.”

‘I did what I could do to not let that happen again. It was an accident. I don’t know what to say.

‘I was apologising up and down to Matt because that’s not my game, I’m not a dirty fighter.

‘Even in the fight, I’m like saying, “Matt, I’m really sorry I promise you I’m not trying to do that”, and he’s like, “Dude I’m jumping in on you, it just happens”.

‘I’m a perfectionist, so I’m not extremely happy about that fight. It’s a win against a very unorthodox, tricky kind of guy. His movements just threw me off. He’d throw his left and duck his head. It was kind of a funky fight. It’s hard to really look good against that guy.’

Mitrione’s eye was swollen shut and almost the size of a golf ball. He also suffered a separated shoulder during the fight. During the post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said the injury was from a clean punch.

‘They showed it on the instant replay in slow motion,’ he said. ‘Before he hit him the eye was fine. When he hit him, the eye just started to swell and blow up.’

Matt Mitrione did praise the UFC for the way they handled the post fight situation.

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