EXCLUSIVE: Junie Browning Says He is in Hiding, Seeks U.S. Embassy Help

December 18, 2011
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Former UFC lightweight Junie Browning is in hiding in fear for his life after an altercation in Thailand that left the 26-year-old fighter with multiple injuries. Injured and scared overseas, Browning is in seclusion, calling for help from the U.S. Embassy to get him back home.

Browning was involved in a bar fight on Dec. 12 in Phuket, Thailand. Reports quickly surfaced that Browning was a fugitive on the run being sought after by local authorities. Browning challenged those claims to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.

“I was in fact the victim in this case, and it is important I am able to tell my side of the story and provide you with pictures and evidence to support it. There was an attempt to end my life and I am begging for help from the U.S. Embassy.”

The initial reports alleged that Browning fled the hospital before police arrive, but Browning provided photo evidence that disputes those claims.

Recalling what he could from the night in question, Browning tells a different tale than was originally reported by media outlets.

“Sunday night, we arrived at a small bar in Karon with two other females, one of which was friends with the owner. It happened to be the owner of the bar’s birthday, Simon Wilson Menzies. So he was surrounded by a group of 12-15 of his closest friends who had been drinking in celebration previous to our arrival. My girlfriend and I had a few drinks, and seeing we didn’t know anyone, had decided to leave to go home. We had contacted a cab and he was on his way to meet us. He would call when he arrived. A discussion via text message with one of the girls I had arrived with resulted in MJ Castro and Simon Menzies confronting me in the street,” recalled Browning.

“MJ was screaming and swinging her hands in front of my face. I do not know why she was mad. Nothing that I had said involved her or her friends whatsoever. I assumed she was mad that we were leaving the party because we were on our way out to meet our cab. Without any notice I found myself in a physical altercation with Simon in the street.”

Browning quickly realized he was over-matched and out-numbered.

“I could tell from the moment he stepped in front of me, he was looking for a fight. At this point, it just involved me and Simon, my girlfriend standing next to us. In only a few seconds, my girlfriend was thrown across the street and I had been hit from behind in the back of the head by a glass beer bottle. I stood up looking for my attacker and found myself surrounded by a mob of people.

“It was no longer a man on man ‘bar brawl’ but a fight for my survival. I was trying to defend myself in the street when at some point I fell back to the ground. They drug me back into the bar where they pummeled me with punches and kicks. It was me against everyone. For a second time I received a mass blow over the head with a thick glass mug that split my head open and made me fall to the floor. I curled up in the fetal position, submissive, and I continued to be kicked and hit. My arms up covering my face I felt a slice to my forearm and another stab to my neck,” Browning told MMAWeekly.com.

Browning appeared on the eighth installment of The Ultimate Fighter reality series on Spike TV. He immediately became the bad boy of the season with his antics.

He was released by the organization in 2009. On Oct. 6, 2009, Browning was arrested and accused of assaulting three nurses in a Henderson, Nevada, hospital following a possible suicide attempt.

The altercation in Thailand also spilled over from the bar to the hospital, but the situations were drastically different, according to the Kentucky native.

“They began to assess my wounds and stitch up the three large gashes on my head. Without any consideration to my safety or the events that had just occurred, they placed both Menzies, accompanied by MJ Castro, and the man who had attacked me with a mug, in the beds right beside me. Needless to say, I became furious and again words were exchanged. As it escalated a second time into a physical fight… Security and Patong Police arrived and restrained all parties. I was taken into the waiting lobby on a stretcher in handcuffs in front of numerous people to finish giving me medical attention,” recounted Browning.

“At no point was I rude or uncooperative with either the medical staff or the police. Taken into consideration the severity of my wounds and my demeanor and my girlfriend’s statement, the police officer removed my handcuffs. We were told by the officer that we should stay the night in the hospital to have my head monitored and would be able to go home with no charges the next morning. It was obvious to him that I was the victim.”

Following the second altercation at the hospital, Browning began to fear for his life.

“My intentions were to file a police report in the morning and deal with this in a civil manner. Hours later, my phone began to ring with numerous reliable sources stating that we were not safe and we needed to leave now! They said that local Thais and mafia had a price on my head and were headed to the hospital and both my girlfriend and my life were at risk. We were told to trust or talk to no one and to just leave. We are aware that the mafia is a real thing and took this very seriously. We panicked and decided that our best option was to escape in the middle of the night and hope we could make it home,” he said.

“My girlfriend pulled out my IV and jumped a fence to find a taxi to come pick me up. When one arrived, I jumped in and we headed home to pack. Two friends came banging on the door, which we didn’t answer for fear of who it might be. They continued to bang on the windows until we realized who it was. We do not want to mention their names to protect them from being associated with the situation and any harm that may come to them. They said there was no time, that I needed to hide. They even mentioned that if my girlfriend was found, they would kill or harm her in attempt to find me,” he added.

On the advice of friends familiar with Thailand, Browning fled the country. He refuses to disclose his current location and pleads the U.S. Embassy for cooperation to get him home.

Wounded and on the run, Browning is concerned about the severity of his injuries.

“To this point I have been unable to seek the medical attention that I desperately need. My vision in my right eye is impaired; I am in severe pain; I am going through fainting and dizzy spells, and have severe head trauma,“ said Browning.

“All we are asking for is help from people we can trust which brings us here now. We are victims of a viscous assault and attempt on our lives. We are seeking the assistance of the U.S. Embassy and want to clear my name of the wrong-doing I was accused of.”

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  • He’s always been a drunken, combative *******. Good riddance.

    • kylesmith

      He doesn’t deserve to die. You don’t seem to grasp the severity of the situation.

      • He doesn’t deserve our Embassy’s help unless he can foot the bill for their time!

        • Wow John, I sure hope you don’t end up fearing for your life in some strange country, and find your government uncaring.Oh wait, yes I do, douche.

  • Obarmarama

    Ho-ly crap balls! There’s obviously something he’s not telling us as to the start of the fight, but he doesn’t have to, it’s not anybodies business. But let’s not pretend that we don’t like to speculate. This looks like some Thai drug gang related violence, so I definitely believe that part of the story. “A discussion by text” lead to this, but what was that about? Hmm and he hasn’t repeated how he ko’d everybody here also. Hmm and if it was a dug thing, I’m pretty sure he would have got shot. Dang, too much speculation. I really hope that he does get help from the embassy, I know that people hate the guy but I think he got mixed up in something here with some very unsavoury characters that actually tried to kill him.

    • norbertgrover

      I gotta agree with Obarmarama. This kid, though immature, has gotten himself mixed up in something pretty unsavory. Everybody makes mistakes, hopefully he can get out of this mess and learn from it.

  • Good Luck, Seriously ! I was in Cairo Egypt and had 2 one hundred dollar bills given 2 me by the exchange bank. they ended up 2 b counterfit. I was stuck in Cairo with Nothing I went to the embassy showed them the bills and asked if they could do anything to help me I was leaving in 7 days . the lady at the embassy looked at me and said “what do you want me to do about it” give you my own money? I hoped they would have helped me with the xchange bank or have them reviewed at the bank of embassy personal or at military commencary witch I used many times . I also had a bad experence with Romainan youth gang and hookers in my hotell in Poland and last my child was taken by her mother to sweden and the embasey wont even look in to it .
    I AM SORRY TO SAY IF YOU FIND YOUR SELF IN TROUBLE ABROOD NO MATTER HOW SERIOUS THE UNITED STATES WILL DO N O T H I N G !! TO HELP THERE OWN CITIZENS. B4 people say im this or that I looked in to the cario embassy and they are basicly a for profit company in the middle east. b4 u say this and that look in to it . Junie is scrwewd unless he has deep pockets hes going to be a a US citizen in the wrong place @ the wrong time . our country hates its own people , ive experienced it personally more than once.

    • MikeMc1983

      what happened in Romania? You end up with powdered sugar, and a girl who wouldn’t swallow? J/k

    • SantiagoAndDunbar

      Wow dude, you know absolutely nothing about how embassies work, and you desperately need to go back top school to learn how to write.

  • adamhu34

    LOL this story is As Fake As It Get’s I have been to multiple websites displaying pictures of the stitches and scars but… The hair length an many of them is entirely wrong for each scenario so please stop spreading this crap cause this site like many others are just trying to gain #’S

  • WDC

    ok, only seven more near death experiences to go and Junie MAY (start) to consider “getting sober.” hang on to your hats, it gets uglier folks!

  • shereko

    I have trouble believing when he puts this on his Facebook: “Wow what a helluva weekend,” wrote Browning “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 this (expletive) little bar in Karon 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. So, how was your weekend?’….. So he could crack jokes then?? Doesn’t click with his latest story

    • Obarmarama

      I would’ve done the same. You get a bit of a rush having survived something like that, and kicked some ass, as well as finding out that you are being hunted by mafia, and thai police, and then disconnecting your iv drip and jumping a fence, getting to your hotel room (bogies could be there waiting for you) gathering your ****, then going into hiding. I was worried as to where he was staying, as hotels could be risky if there is a nationwide hunt for you, and you are a bleached blond and your head looks like it’s being held in place by stitches, but he seems to have internet use. He must have spoken to the embassy, and they are probably being on the wrong side of useless. I’m just intrigued as to what started this whole thing, as he hasn’t been open about that. What sort of stuff got him his bad reputation anyway? (i missed that TUF series). I did hear about his overdose attempt, but he said that he woke up and was confused, and that they restrained him, but whilst restrained a male nurse punched him in the face, and that’s when he went crazy as chicken ****. But what sort of character was he on TUF?

  • trevor

    Why even report this garbage . Who f..in cares.

  • shaman

    It looks as if the guy’s life is at stake. This is serious, regardless of who he is or how you feel about him

    This man certainly needs medical attention and legal council, and any American should support this as human right

  • MikeMc1983

    To hell with our cival/human rights….right Trevor?

  • streetfightertoo

    send in seal team 7

  • fsunoles09

    yo alex id have to disaggree with ya there, there has been numerous occasions where the american goverment has did everything they could to get their citizens home.wether it be paying out the ass or sending in a special ops team, but then again those r situations like terrorist groups and rebel groups and stuff like that pow’s and stuff but im sure they have done things for civilians in other situations in another country before. but yea bring ol dude home it aint like tailand is gonna threaten us with a military attack for bringing a couple of our civilians home.

  • luisaparicio

    I know he can act like a dusche , but gangs in Thailand are very aggressive. Happened already to Uriah also. They all want to beat up a ufc/mma fighter. It is better to error on safety.

  • michaelcuevas

    Knowing Junie what most likely happened was he got drunk talked some crazy $#!+ like he always does and started a fight. I bet the same thing happened at the hospital. I do beleive is that there is a price on his head. He has no common sense. He probably attacked a person that no one in Thailand would have, and now he is in deep water.

  • justinevans

    I don’t care if he started the damn fight. he got the worst of it and needs help. being trapped in a 3rd world country where law and rights is a scary f0cking thing.

  • trevor

    Mike Mc 1983….I obviously believe in human rights i have done volunteer work in cambodia and in Nicaragua. I also used to live in Mexico and helped defend many “GRINGOS” who had issues with the local dirtbag cops. It is my opinion that judging by the story and his facebook exploits etc. ( not to mention this kids history) that he brought this **** on himself. For the most part trouble needs to be found and he is a bad apple. I have been through South east asia many times and crossing the border from thailand to malaysia and on is easy. The government and its police are not going to chase your ass or extradite you from another country. So this story and this idiot are nothing but attention grabbers. He’s likely so high and drunk that any attention makes him happy. So YES to human/civil rights and no to idiots who travel abroad and cause **** and expect their nice “white” civil country to bail them out of messes they created.

  • tarmus

    What was “exclusive” about this story?

  • millsy69

    Good! Karmas a bitch Junie. Maybe you will learn to stop acting like a complete **** all the time in future.

  • oxygendrunkard

    Maybe dumbass should becareful what he posts first. His arrogant bragging he postedd here on FB or twitter did little to make me feel like he was remorseful or situation was dire or one of survival.

    “Wow what a helluva weekend, 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 Karon 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. So, how was your weekend?”

    idiot. Now you will pay the price for being a UFC shvt head

  • ObamasRealSon

    Browning is a ******* loser and there are parts to this story that he isn’t telling. He was most likely drunk and got in someone’s face. He probably got his ass beat.

  • What Junie needs to do is take care of these punks and sissies, cowards who back jumped him. I could care less who dislikes him here in regards to his MMA career. He is still an American citizen and still a man who needs to handle his business. I say catch each piss ant alone and finish the job. That is my opinion and I’m stickin’ to it. Ask Urijah Faber how foreign bars are. Especially in the Indonesian countries. Thailand, The Philipines, where ever. Junie, finish the job. Those ‘bad asses’ have to go home sometime and they will not always be together. It is not that hard to find out where the other culprits live. Just catch the first one and he’ll talk. You walk away from this and you will be labeled a punk and sissy, just like they are. Don’t make that mistake; finish what they started.

    • Rick

      You are so dumb. You think this is a movie? Lolol.

  • kneedleskane

    We dont want you back. I hope they ass rape you.