Veteran UFC welterweight Matt Brown returned to action in classic form at UFC 189, putting on a back-and-forth one-round burner against Tim Means in the feature prelim bout. After giving and taking some seriously heavy shots, ‘The Immortal’ sunk in a fight-ending choke to snap his two-fight losing skid. After being heavily considered for title contention before his Juy 2014 loss to current 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler, Brown’s options are suddenly very enticing again.
You may remember that the game Ohio native was scheduled to face Carlos Condit back in late 2013, in a number one contender bout. The injury bug made sure that never happened, with ‘The Immortal’ pulling out due to a back injury, and ‘The Natural Born Killer’ later suffering a knock against Tyron Woodley that saw him shelved for more than a year. Condit has since returned to a victory over Thiago Alves, making the original and very exciting pairing between he and Brown all the more relevant again.
Check out what Matt Brown told FOX Sports about the potential future bout with ‘NBK’:
“(Carlos) Condit’s always an ideal fight for me,” Brown said on the podcast. “I think a lot of people want to see that fight. Of course, I think Condit would love to have that fight as much as I would.”
“If Condit’s not going to fight for the title, I think me and him should fight for sure,” Brown said.
After his impressive victory against ‘Dirty Bird’ on the mega card in Las Vegas this past July 11th, it seems the logical progression to make this fight happen next. Both men are legitimate contenders in the division, the matchmaking is a dream and they are both rebuilding momentum after their respective loss(es). The question is this-how will Brown deal with the step up in competition again?
We saw against ‘Ruthless’ and Johny Hendricks, that ‘The Immortal’ can certainly put away the middle-upper tier fighters, but elite competition is perhaps where he tends to falter. The former WEC and interim UFC welterweight champion Condit is the real deal, and each man could easily use a win over the other as a convincing bargaining chip to a shot at Robbie Lalwer’s title.
Then again, ‘NBK’ has unfinished business with T-Wood, so should he seek vengeance first or go for the scrap with FOTN written all over it?