Round 1: Browne takes the center of the cage. He lands a left hook. Barnett moves forward. He ties up Browne. Browne lands a knee to the body and separates. Browne lands a right hand. Barnett clinches. He changes levels fro a takedown and Browne lands a knee. Barnett works for a single leg and Browne unleashes a series of elbows that knocks Barnett out.
The official time of the knockout was 1:00 of the opening round.
“We knew he was going to come in there and immediately try to grab me. He saw me as a one dimensional guy, as a striker only. I finished him in the clinch and he couldn’t take me down. I’m a full mixed martial artist and I’m working my way up this heavyweight ladder. It’s all about progressing in this sport and I think I’m doing that very well with my last two wins. This is the path I was chosen for and I couldn’t be more excited for what is coming in the future. The bottom line is that the champion is out for a while. Fabricio Werdum had a title shot but things change in this sport so I think we should fight for the number one contendership while Cain is out. I would be honored to fight Werdum because he’s a great fighter and also a great guy. I think it makes sense and I’m looking forward to it.”