UFC 168: Travis Browne doesn't give a s--t if he gets respect, he just wants the heavyweight title

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

"Hapa" doesn't care about earning respect anymore, all he wants is the UFC heavyweight title.

Getting respect in mixed martial arts (MMA) isn't an easy thing to do.

And getting it inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon is a bit harder, even for a champion. Just ask flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson, a man who has had trouble earning props from the MMA community in the past.

Back-to-back submission and knockout wins, however, have a way of changing all of that.

But one man who doesn't care about getting respect (at least not anymore) is top heavyweight contender Travis Browne. For "Hapa," the goal of obtaining the 265-pound title is a much more desirable one than that of receiving the admiration and acceptance of his peers as a top fighter.

He explains to Bleacher Report:

"If you had asked me about respect two years ago, I would have said I was so happy I'm finally getting it. But now I'm in the mindset where I don't give a s--t about that. I'm here to do one thing and that is to go after that belt. Until I have that belt, defended that belt and left a legacy with my name and what I've done in that cage, then I'll have time to relax and take in what I've done. Right now, it's time for me to bust my ass, work hard and go out there and do what I know I can. Then I'll have the next 50 or 60 years of my life to enjoy it."

While the towering Hawaiian claims he doesn't care too much about respect, I'm sure he earned plenty of it with his first-round knockout victory over Alistair Overeem at UFC Fight Night 27 last August.

And he will likely earn a few more fans if he manages to defeat longtime veteran Josh Barnett when the two big men square off at UFC 168 this weekend (Dec. 28, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Even then, Browne won't be fully satisfied until the division belt -- which is currently held by Cain Velasquez -- is around his waist.

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