What’s next for Matt Brown after UFC Fight Island 7?

This past weekend at UFC Fight Island 7, we finally got to see a fight we’ve waited years for. Fight fans finally got to watch Matt Brown (22-18) and Carlos Condit (32-13) go to war after years of the fight always falling through.

The fight went a little differently than I thought it would. Matt Brown went with a wrestling-heavy attack after some of the early exchanges. He had success in the first round with being able to get Condit down and holding him there was his control.

The second round was virtually all Condit, however, the third round saw Brown have some additional success. In my opinion, the fight was decently close, but it was clear that Carlos Condit won at UFC Fight Island 7.

However, the scores didn’t reflect a close fight. All three judges gave every round to Condit which I don’t agree with. The fight was much closer than those numbers would suggest and Matt Brown was not happy about it.

However, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether the scoring was right or not. The right guy won the fight on Saturday. That said, what’s next for Matt Brown after taking the loss at UFC Fight Island 7?

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

Matt Brown is a veteran of the game and he just turned 40. He’s now lost two fights in a row, but I don’t believe the UFC veteran is ready to hang up the gloves just yet. I also don’t believe that the promotion will force him out the door.

That said, what is next? I think the promotion has a few options. One guy the UFC could pair with Matt Brown is Mickey Gall (6-3). Gall has spent virtually his entire professional career with the promotion, however, he’s never really made that jump to the next level.

He’s a good fighter, but the progression to great just hasn’t come. Gall is a winnable fight for Brown, but it could also be entertaining for fans and a good fight for Gall. Another option is the loser of the Alex Oliveira (22-9-1, 1 NC) and Randy Brown (12-4) fight.

Whoever loses that fight will be in a very similar position as Matt Brown. They would have lost their last two fights inside the octagon. The UFC has a couple of options and I’m curious to see what they do with Brown moving forward.

UFC books Randy Brown – Cowboy Oliveira

The UFC is finalizing a good welterweight matchup for their February 27th card. Combate was first to report that the promotion was finalizing a matchup between Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (22-9-1, 2 NC) and Randy Brown (12-4).

For Randy Brown, he will be trying to right the wrong of his last trip inside the octagon. Brown saw his two-fight UFC winning streak snapped at the hands of Vicente Luque back in August.

Had Brown won that fight, he would have likely shot up in the UFC‘s welterweight rankings. However, Luque was able to stop Brown in the second round with a knee and a flurry of punches behind it.

It’s crazy to think but Randy Brown was one of the first fighters discovered on Dana White’s Looking for a Fight. Brown made his UFC debut in 2016. Since making his octagon debut, Brown has gone 6-4.

Brown has had some high moments like defeating Mickey Gall and finishing Warlley Alves. However, he seems to have struggled when the UFC has given him top level competition. He’s fallen to Luque, Niko Price, and Belal Muhammad.

UFC Welterweight Matchup

In his next bout, Brown will be taking on the seasoned veteran Cowboy Oliveira. Oliveira made his UFC debut back in 2015 and he’s fought 19 times since making his debut with the promotion.

In those 19 fights, Oliveira has gone 11-7, 1 NC. Oliveira has some quality wins against the likes of Carlos Condit, Tim Means, Will Brooks, and Max Griffin. However, Oliveira has come up short against top competition like Cowboy Cerrone, Mike Perry, and Gunner Nelson.

Like Brown, Oliveira had a two-fight winning streak going into his last UFC contest. He took on Shavkat Rakhmonov back at UFC 254. Oliveira was submitted in the first round by guillotine choke.

Both of these men will be looking to get back on track on February 27th. Whoever wins this fight will likely command a ranked opponent in their next trip inside the octagon. The loser is going to have some real work to do to get back on track.

UFC: Khamzat Chimaev has new opponent in ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira

It’s not always easy being a rising fighter in the UFC. Sure, it only takes a few big wins to capture the attention of the sport. Especially if those wins are bonus-worthy performances. But breaking into the standings and displacing the top fighters already there isn’t easy. Khamzat Chimaev is finding out just how hard it can be. After a quick rise that led to him being noticed by MMA fans around the world, Chimaev has now had several potential opponents turn down fights.

These opponents want him to get more experience first. If you want to look at it from a more cynical perspective, you could say they want to avoid losing to a rapidly surging fighter. Either way, it leaves Chimaev in a rough spot. The UFC has decided to push him more and give him a headline fight – but actually finding his opponent hasn’t been easy so far.

One name, though, has stepped up to the plate: Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira. Oliveira isn’t the ranked fighter that the UFC was looking for, but he does have a substantial record behind his name. He’s also won both of his fights in 2020, against Max Griffin and Peter Sobotta.

Oliveira is “right here” and ready to fight

Oliveira’s interest in fighting Chimaev was revealed in an interview with MMA Junkie. He says that, if Chimaev wants to pick and choose an opponent, he should pick him rather than waiting around.

“I’ll take the fight no one else wants. Chimaev, I’m ready for a fight at welterweight right now. I see you picking and choosing opponents. I’m right here,” Oliveira told Mike Bohn. “I’m itching to fight Chimaev. If you want to pick and choose opponents, I’ll fight you.”

But it remains to be seen whether the UFC will go for this matchup or not. After all, the fight is supposed to be a headlining one and the league may not want to headline two fighters outside the top 15.

At the least, though, Chimaev has a potential opponent on the table. If there’s not another matchup in the top 15 that opens up, we may just see this opponent for one of the UFC’s rising stars. And with Oliveira having good experience in the UFC, it would be intriguing to see if Chimaev’s hot streak continues against him.