“Ultimate Fighter” season 8 contestant Junie Browning has turned himself over to authorities in Thailand, in regards to a brawl the MMA fighter was involved in. Junie turned himself over at the Chalong Police Station in southern Phuket on Dec. 21.
Browning allegedly got into a fight with a local bar owner, leaving several people in need of medical attention. The hostilities apparently continued at the hospital, and Browning promptly left the scene.
“Wow what a helluva weekend,” Junie wrote on his Facebook page following the incident. “Some [expletive] named Sie Menzies and about 10 of his friends started a fight with me, I guess just to test a ‘UFC fighter guy’ at his [expletive] little bar in Karan, Thailand. Had a beer bottle and glass mug shattered on my head then to make everything better, stabbed severely by some crazy Thai [expletive]. On a positive note I managed to break a few orbital bones, at least a couple jaws, and some unconscious bodies laying on the ground before I blacked out from loss of blood and apparently had to be resuscitated in the ambulance.”
Authorities in Thailand issued a Phuket-wide manhunt for Browning afterwards, and the brash MMA fighter went underground. Browning claimed he only left the hospital because a tipster told him the Thai mafia were on their way to kill him, and he asked for help from the local US embassy. A warden of the US embassy advised him to surrender.
After giving his version of events to Phuket authorities, Junie was free to go. Given the fact both parties have completely different versions, criminally charges are not likely. Instead authorities will try to mediate an agreement between the two sides, in order to take care of the damages that resulted from fight.
As crazy and controversial as Junie has been in the past, I’m glad things seem to working out well. Hopefully he learns to control himself better in the future, and avoid embarrassing (even life-threatening) situations like these.