Striker vs. grappler? Josh Barnett predicting short fight against Travis Browne at UFC 168

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Barnett is planning on getting out of the Octagon in a hurry. You know what they say about being careful what you wish for.

Josh Barnett is nothing if not efficient.

It should come as no surprise then, to learn that "The Warmaster" has no intention of dicking around for 15 minutes in his upcoming fight against Travis Browne at the UFC 168 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place this Saturday night (Dec. 28, 2013) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From Sherdog's "Beatdown" Radio:

"I think his record speaks for itself. He's had plenty of success in the ring. He's earned his way to his prominence in the UFC. The only real way to find out what I [think] of his skills in the ring is to go out there and fight him. [It's] striker versus grappler for the most part, but I don't think it's going to be a long fight."

The chances of each fighter winning by decision are a combined (and slim) 12.5 percent.

Browne (15-1) has just one loss on his record, thanks to the Brazilian bombs of Antonio Silva. He was able to rebound from his "Bigfoot" loss by beating the brakes off Gabriel Gonzaga and most recently, Alistair Overeem. A win over Barnett could, conceivably, earn him a crack at the division crown.

The same one Barnett (33-6) -- also winner of two straight -- has his sights set on.

Who wins?

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