Well, this is probably a bad sign. Just a week after being fired from the UFC for an assault arrest following what may or may not have been a suicide attempt, Junie Allen Browning is wasting no time getting back into action. The mercurial lightweight reportedly has a bout set for November 28 at MMA Big Show: Onslaught at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana. Browning will be taking on 1-0 Ohio-based fighter Scott Cornwell, and he’ll be doing it just across the state line from his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.
According to MMA Big Show owner/promoter Jason Appleton, who wrote the website article in which he quoted himself, “’I’ve seen Junie fight in Louisville, KY back in the day as an amateur and he always put on a hell of a show. Him and his brother were always fun to watch,’ explains Jason Appleton.
I’m not as against this as I thought I would be. Having mental problems require acknowledgment and effort to overcome, and it becomes damn near impossible when you’re being rewarded for them simply because a camera is pointing at you as they manifest themselves – but A, this ain’t the UFC (that part about Appleton quoting himself is true and hilarious), and B, having mental problems doesn’t really mean a whole lot to your landlord.
A person having a problem doesn’t mean that that person continuing to earn a living is irresponsible and whomever is employing them is detestable – bills have to be paid, skills have to be developed and the regional/minor leagues of MMA are a fantastic place to do it. In addition, every ticket will cost a little more and everyone on the card will be seen by a few more eyes because ‘UFC Veteran Junie Browning’ (which is kind of like saying ‘NFL Veteran Bob Sapp’) will be on the poster. Everyone wins – and frankly, if Junie ends up biting someone’s face or spitting at the crowd… I’m going to go ahead and blame Junie instead of the promotion that, while admittedly trying to capitalize on some shitty notoriety, is giving the man a chance to pay his bills. It’s just not my style to begrudge a guy a chance to turn his shit around.