Josh Barnett was brutally KO’d by Travis Browne when the two met in December, 2013, and not surprisingly, “The Warmaster” says a rematch would be rather different.
The heavyweight contenders met at UFC 168, and as Barnett attempted to take Browne down, the latter put him away with a vicious series of elbows. Of course, most fighters want an opportunity to avenge a defeat, but Barnett has outlined very specific reasons why he wants a rematch.
While appearing on a recent episode of the “Joe Rogan Experience“, Barnett said he wasn’t very motivated for his bout with Browne heading into it, since he didn’t believe he had much to gain from the fight. Then, Barnett reportedly had this to say about “Hapa”, and why a rematch would go differently (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Here’s the difference,” said Barnett. “If I fought Travis now, I’d want to take his f***ing head off. He disrespected me in the ring after the match, all this s**t. He f***ing cut his throat, he did all this stuff. That’s my thing. He did it to mock me for winning.
“I’m just like, ‘Dude, I’ve been nice to you and respectful to you from day one. You go ahead and get a win on me, great, this is your moment to say what you want to say and what you want to do is try to f***in’ put me down after you win?”
How about that?Clearly Barnett doesn’t care for the heavyweight contender very much. The former UFC champ went on to argue that Browne has no cardio, and that he lacks the finesse to win the heavyweight title…Chances are Browne’s supporters would disagree with Barnett’s assessment. In terms of the rankings, Browne isn’t far out from a title shot, as he’s currently sitting in the #3 position. Barnett is ranked #6.
Since Browne stopped Barnett, he was decisioned by interim champ Fabricio Werdum, and more recently he TKO’d Brendan Schaub last December. Up next, the 32 year-old is scheduled to fight Andrei Arlovski at UFC 187 on May 23rd.
Barnett, meanwhile, has yet to be booked for his next UFC fight. The 37 year-old fighter, however, is scheduled to defend his Metmori heavyweight title versus Roberto Abreu on May 9th.