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Manhunt underway for Junie Browning in Thailand (updated)

Former UFC fighter Junie Browning at a hospital in Thailand

A police manhunt is underway in Phuket, Thailand for TUF 8 veteran Junie Browning (4-5) for his involvement in a barroom brawl that continued in a local hospital’s emergency ward late Sunday night.

According to a report from Phuket Wan news, Browning, 26, was allegedly seen beating up on a female foreigner in a bar in Patak Road Karon, then lashed out at female Thai staff when they tried to intervene.

Four other tourists from the U.S. and Australia also attempted to intervene and Browning fought back with them as well. Apparently injuries were sustained because the fighting continued once the participants were transported to Patong Hospital.

Browning gives a slightly different account of what happened on his Facebook page:

“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 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. So, how was your weekend?”

The Thai news report goes on to state that Browning fled the hospital before the police from Patong had arrived and authorities at Phuket International Airport are on the alert for Browning.

Since being released from the UFC in 2009 due to an altercation that occurred, of all places, in a hospital, Browning has gone 1-4 inside the cage, losing his last four fights in a row, all in the first round.

UPDATE (12-14-11): As of Wednesday morning it seems Junie is still on the run and is reaching out for help. A new update has been posted on his Facebook page that reads:

“Im officially the biggest American patriot there is now. These other primitive countries are all about money, mafia and corrupt law enforcement. Regardless what you believe I never touched a female in theses events that occurred and my girlfriend was there from start to finish to vouch. Hitting Thai women was an excuse for them to demonize me and get some baht out of me. You all don’t understand with my name, people will use it against me. I acted like an idiot on a reality show for publicity so they are using that against me. Im sorry and I care about people more than you thank and I appreciate all the support from the intelligent people that understand that these primitive countries are trying to kill me ( Literally ) . I need help BAD! please call the US Embassy in my regards. Thank you very much everyone.”

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