Junie Browning’s drunken exploits and out of control behavior has been the prominent focus of The Ultimate Fighter season eight. After his alcohol induced tirade attacking several housemates, most, including Browning, thought he would be kicked off the popular reality show on Spike TV. The decision to keep Browning in the house was made solely by UFC president Dana White, and according to White, “It had nothing to do with ratings.”
White explained he got the call from the producer alerting him there was a problem in the house. White then viewed the tapes of the multitude of incidents that transpired that night. The Spike TV producer was prepared to send Browning packing.
“That day that I got there, she (the producer) said, ‘okay, so we’ve got his plane ticket home. We’ve got everything set.’ And I went in and said, ‘I don’t if I’m going to kick him off the show,’” explained the outspoken UFC president. “She was like, what? Everybody knew for a fact that I was kicking him off the show. They knew.”
“I went to the house that day and said, I don’t know if I’m going to kick him off,” added White. “She said, ‘what do you mean you don’t know?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know what is going on. I just don’t know if I’m going to do it.’ I wanted to go inside and see how he was going to act. If he was a punk, I was going to kick him off the show. I went inside. He was upset. He looked like he was going to cry. He was apologetic about it, so I didn’t do it.”
When Browning remained in the house after shattering a glass off of Kyle Kingsbury’s forearm, causing a laceration, push kicked Tom Lawlor to the ground, while trying to start fights with Ryan Bader and Krzysztof Soszynski, the only rational explanation was he remained due to ratings. White said, “It had nothing to do with the TV ratings. It had nothing to do with it.”
Either way, Browning remains and ratings continue to rise.