Fresh off his first round knockout over Dong Hyun Kim in the co-main of UFC Fight Night 48 last Saturday, former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley said he would like to fight “The Immortal” Matt Brown next as it was the fight which stood out to him the most:
“A fight against Matt Brown seems most interesting. Fans want it. He has a ton of heart and is tough as nails. Really looking at the landscape of the division, this fight stood out first. Granted it’s one of the toughest fights, but it’s a good match-up, people love him, he was a fight away from a title shot, ranked fifth, and fans would flip.
I feel like he will bring the best out of me and test my limits. I respect him as a fighter and feel fighting him makes the most since for my career.”
When asked about a possible fight with Woodley, Brown responded by saying he would rather square off against Carlos Condit who he was scheduled to meet at UFC on Fox 9 before having to withdraw due to a back injury.
Brown isn’t the only person who is not keen on the idea. UFC president Dana White was asked about a possible match up between the two in a recent interview and said that’s not the way the UFC are looking at things.
“What’s weird about that is that Woodley calls out Matt Brown, but he’s ranked higher than Matt Brown. But we want to do Tyron Woodley vs. Hector Lombard – that’s the fight we want to do. Hector said yes, we’re just waiting to hear from Woodley. Lombard said he would fight him, no problem.”
Lombard has been out of action since March where he took a unanimous decision over Jake Shields. The former Bellator middleweight champion was scheduled to take on Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48 but was replaced by Woodley when he suffered a elbow injury.
There hasn’t been a date set for Lombard’s return so why couldn’t say when he expected the fight to take place.