If you thought UFC 168 was already looking pretty sweet, what with middleweight champ Chris Weidman set to fight Anderson Silva, and women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousa booked to battle Miesha Tate, well, here’s some more good news. The promotion has announced that the December 28th card will also feature Josh Barnett taking on surging heavyweight Travis Browne at the event. That’s quite the heavyweight bout no?
The Las Vegas Review Journal was the first to report the match-up, and the UFC has proceeded to post a link to the story on the promotion’s official site.
Browne (15-1) has had quite the 2013 campaign thus far, as after knocking out former contender Gabriel Gonzaga at the TUF 13 Finale in April, “Hapa” came from behind at UFN 27 and stopped Alistair Overeem. The 6’7 tall fighter’s only loss thus far came versus “Bigfoot” Silva last October, as after hurting his hamstring, he was overwhelmed by the heavyweight and stopped in the opening round. Browne is 6-1-1 in the Octagon to date.
Barnett (33-6) made his return to the UFC a successful one at UFC 164 last month, as “The Warmaster” quickly stopped fellow, former champ Frank Mir. The latter protested the stoppage, saying it was too quick, but the consensus reaction was that Barnett was likely en route to victory. The Strikeforce and PRIDE vet has gone 9-1 in his last ten fights, with his only loss during that stretch coming against Daniel Cormier. Barnett lost by UD to the decorated wrestler last May, in what was the finals for Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix.
UFC 168 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It looks like it could be a great way to close out the UFC’s 2013 schedule.
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