Josh Barnett looks to continue his comeback story in the UFC when he fights Travis Brown at UFC 168.
But Browne promises a fight and says that Barnett will have to finish him if he expects a victory on Saturday night.
“I want to be the best and fight the best. I have momentum now,” Browne told ESPN.com. “To stop me, my opponent is going to have to finish me to win.”
Browne is 15-1, with his only loss coming to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The loss, however, comes with an asterisk. Browne pulled his hamstring during the fight, limiting his mobility, and allowing Silva to land the knockout blows. Since that defeat, however, Browne has pulled of two consecutive KO victories, over Gabriel Gonzaga and Alistair Overeem.
Browne’s fights have only gone the distance three times in his career. At 6-foot-7, with a 79-inch reach, Browne hits hard and will test Barnett, who is getting a second chance in the UFC. Barnett won the UFC heavyweight championship in 2002, knocking out Randy Couture, but was stripped of the title after he tested positive for banned substances.
After fighting all over the word, including in PRIDE and Strikeforce, Barnett resigned with the UFC, knocking out Frank Mir in his last fight.
Browne told ESPN.com that he got a late start in MMA. He was never envisioned to be the next big thing in MMA, but the low expectations have possibly helped him.
“I don’t have a combat sports background, so I’ll always be the underdog,” Browne said. “I want to be the best and fight the best. But people who know will tell you I’m just a big softie. I’m more of a lover than a fighter.”
The winner of the fight is scheduled to fight Fabricio Werdum for the next title shot against UFC heavyweight champion CainVelasquez.