Heavyweight Travis Browne (15-1) has recently become one of the UFC’s rising stars.
He’s currently scheduled to face off against former heavyweight champ Josh Barnett (33-6) at UFC 168. Not too long ago, Browne achieved the biggest win of his career by defeating Alistair Overeem (36-13) at UFC Fight Night 26. Since then, the thirty-one year old has garnered much attention in the MMA community.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Browne shared his thoughts on his MMA career and his upcoming bout against Barnett.
“Barnett is a veteran of the game, but at the same time, I’ve been fighting guys with a lot of experience my entire career,” Browne said. “I’m so new to the sport. I have 17 fights and seven or eight of them have been in the UFC—and that has come over a three-and-a-half-year span. No matter who I fight, I’m going to be at a disadvantage in the experience department.”
“Alistair Overeem, Cheick Kongo, even Stefan Struve being as young as he is, all have more experience than I do. These guys I’m fighting all have three times as many fights as I do, but I live for that sh**. Just because I’m young in the sport doesn’t mean you get to overlook me.”
“I think I match up really well with him. I have my length to keep him on the outside, and if he does get on the inside, I have the ability to defend and get out or ability to get out and go on the offensive with my close game or ground game. That’s something a lot of people don’t realize. I can be offensive too. He can try to push me up against the cage, but what is he going to do once he gets me there? I can implement that kind of game plan as well.”
“If you had asked me about respect two years ago, I would have said I was so happy I’m finally getting it,” Browne added. “But now I’m in the mindset where I don’t give a sh** about that. I’m here to do one thing and that is to go after that belt.
UFC 168 will take place on December 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.