Josh Barnett returned to the UFC after a 10 year absence with a first round win over Frank Mir. The same month saw Travis Browne continue to climb the heavyweight division by stopping former No. 1 contender Alistair Overeem. They’re now set for UFC 168.
“It’s a big opportunity for me,” said Barnett on Inside MMA. “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.”
Before Barnett returned, he earned several wins for Strikeforce and was only defeated by Daniel Cormier. Outside of the Cormer fight, Barnett last tasted defeat in 2006.
Browne suffered a torn hamstring towards the end of last year. He returned with back-to-back Knockout of the Night honors for first round stoppages.
UFC 168 is December 28 and comes from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.