Prior to his UFC 164 win over Frank Mir, it was 12 years since Josh Barnett stepped foot in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) Octagon. He defeated Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight title at UFC 36, but after testing positive for banned substances, he parted ways with the promotion and built his name in Japan.
He's currently scheduled to face Travis Browne at UFC 168 in December at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Browne, of course is coming off his stunning knock out win over Alistair Overeem at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston.
Barnett appeared on last night's (Oct. 4, 2013) episode of AXS Television's 'Inside MMA' and spoke briefly about his bout with Browne.
That's true, there is going to be at least 500 pounds in the ring. It's a big opportunity for me. This guy is an up and coming young buck, he wants to prove his name. He wants to show that beating a guy like Alistair Overeem was not just a flash in the pan. So he's gonna look to make his name off of me and I'm gonna look to carve another headstone.
The Mir win put Barnett back on the fast track in the UFC's heavyweight division. With few challengers lined up to face the victor of the UFC 166 main event between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, a win or two could see Barnett fighting for the title.