After starting of his amateur career with fights in quick succession, since turning pro, lightweight prospect Corey Browning has seen his pro career start off slowly.
After turning pro in January of 2015, Browning has fought only three times, including a nine-month gap between his first and second bouts. However, even with the lack of activity, Browning has done well, winning all three of his fights via submission.
“When I was an amateur before that I fought like five times a year, (so turning pro has) felt really slow to me,” Browning told MMAWeekly.com. “I had a broken foot and one thing after another and didn’t get to fight until October, so I’m trying to speed it back up.”
Over the course of his first year as a pro, Browning feels he’s maintained much of his fighting style, while at the same time maturing a bit and making adjustments to his approach.
“I think when I fought Daulton Fox (in my pro debut), I was thinking too much,” Browning said. “I feel I fight better when I’m not thinking, and I’m more responding. I fight off my instincts a lot more really.
“I think I learn in the cage really well. I do train, but it’s so different when you get in the cage and the nerves hit you and how you respond to the adrenaline dump. It plays just as big a part as anything. Once you get used to that, you start being able to do better.”
At Valor Fights 32: Fighting for Autism on Friday in Knoxville, Tenn., Browning (3-0) will have his second fight of 2016 when he takes on Aaron Hall (2-1) in a main card bout.