As you likely recall, Barnett faced Browne in December, 2013, in what was his second fight back with the UFC. At the time, Browne was coming off consecutive, stoppage wins over Alistair Overeem and Gabriel Gonzaga, while Barnett had taken out Frank Mir in his previous outing.
The highly anticipated showdown didn’t last very long, however, as Browne put away Barnett with a vicious series of elbows, as the latter was working on a takedown.
Well, Barnett recently appeared on the “Joe Rogan Experience“, and while discussing the defeat, Barnett relayed that he wasn’t very motivated for the fight. According to the former UFC champ, he didn’t believe he had much to gain from the bout, since he’s accustomed to fighting for titles etc. Then, the 37 year-old had this to say about Browne, 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?”
Yes. Clearly Barnett isn’t a big “Hapa” fan. The “Warmaster” went on to argue that Browne won’t become UFC champ, since according to Barnett, he lacks cardio and “finesse.”
Now could a rematch happen any time soon? Probably not. Browne is booked to fight Andrei Arlovski at UFC 187 on May 23rd, and if he wins, he’ll take another step forward in the title shot mix. The 32 year-old is currently ranked #3 in the UFC’s heavyweight division.
The 37 year-old Barnett, on the other hand, is scheduled to defend the Metamrois heavyweight title versus Roberto Abreu on May 9th. The catch-wrestling master is currently ranked #6.