Travis Browne has the opportunity to position himself highly in the UFC’s heavyweight division this Saturday night when he takes on Josh Barnett at UFC 168.
Browne (15-1-1) is coming off a thrilling victory over Alistair Overeem that pushed his record to 5-1 in his last six.
In the Overeem contest, “Hapa” appeared on the verge of being finished before storming back and stopping the former Strikeforce champion.
“You learn about yourself when you are put in a difficult situation and pull through,” Browne said. “Everybody does. You learn what you are about as a man or a woman in this sport. You have nobody else to blame but yourself.
“What you see is what you get – 100-percent honest.”
Browne added that he “learned a lot about myself (in the Overeem fight), but I knew that. I just had to prove it to everybody else.”
After turning pro in 2009, Browne entered the UFC in 2010 with a 7-0 record. He went 4-0-1 in his first five Octagon bouts before a 2012 loss to Antonio Silva.
“I have fought veterans my entire career,” he said. “I am No. 5 in the world with five years (of MMA) under my belt. I have a long way to.”