UFC books Matt Brown – Bryan Barberena

Two of the most entertaining welterweights in the UFC have a date. MMA DNA was the first to report yesterday that the UFC has finalized a welterweight contest between “The Immortal” Matt Brown (23-18) and Bryan Barberena (15-8).

The matchup will take place at a UFC event on December 4th. Despite being one of the more entertaining fighters to watch, the road has been a bit bumpy for Bryan Barberena over the last few years.

Barberena made his UFC debut back in 2014 when he shocked everyone by stopping Joe Ellenberger in the third round of their fight. However, it was his fight with Sage Northcutt that made him well-known.

Northcutt had all the hype in the world and Barberena completely shut it down submitting Northcutt in the second round. However, since that win, Barberena has gone 4-5 in his last nine UFC fights.

Granted three of those losses came against Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, and Vicente Luque. He’s been in there with some of the very best in the world so he’s tested and he will be ready for this fight with Matt Brown.

Another UFC round for Matt Brown

For 40 year old Matt Brown, the train keeps on moving inside the octagon. Brown will be making the walk for the 29th time in his UFC career. We were all first introduced to Matt Brown back in 2008 when he was on the Ultimate Fighter.

Entering the UFC, Brown was just 7-6 as a profession. However, once he was with the biggest promotion in the world, his career really took off. While he had some bumps in the road, Brown always fought to entertain the fans and in 2012, he went on the run of his career.

Starting with a win over Chris Cope, Brown went on a stretch that saw him win seven straight fights. Those wins put him at 18-11 and in a title eliminator against Robbie Lawler. Ultimately, Brown came up short, but it was still one of the more impressive runs you’ll see from a guy like Matt Brown.

With his back up against the wall, Brown knocked out Dhiego Lima back in June to show everyone he still has fight left in the tank and I can assure you, he will bring the fight to Bryan Barberena in December.

After knockout win at UFC Vegas 29, what’s next for Matt Brown?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 29, we saw Matt Brown (23-18) take on Dhiego Lima (15-9). It was an important fight for both men as each were looking to get back on the winning track inside the octagon.

For Matt Brown, the fight was massive and was going to say a lot about the rest of his career. At 40 years old and having lost two fights in a row, many were wondering if we were nearing the end for ‘The Immortal’ Matt Brown.

However, Brown wanted to use UFC Vegas 29 as an opportunity to shut everyone up and prove he’s still got fight left in the tank. In the second round of his fight with Dhiego Lima, Brown knocked Lima out cold with a huge right hand.

With one punch, Matt Brown completely turned the clock backwards and made a massive statement. The win was Brown’s 12 win by knockout in the UFC which tied him with Vitor Belfort and Derrick Lewis for the most in the history of the promotion.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 29?

It’s clear that Matt Brown isn’t going anywhere yet after UFC Vegas 29. That performance has him ready to go and at the post-fight press conference, Brown indicated that he’d be interested in a few rematches for his next fight.

Brown said, “Cowboy [Cerrone], Demian [Maia] and Robbie [Lawler]. Those are the ones. I’m not the guy who’s, ‘I want a rematch I want a rematch,’ I had my 15 minutes and I didn’t get it done. I thought I won the Robbie fight personally, but I didn’t get it done.”

Brown also indicated that he’s particularly interested in potentially fighting Demian Maia (28-11) next. Maia lost to Belal Muhammad a couple of weeks ago in what was the final fight of his UFC contract. However, Maia indicated that he would like one more UFC fight for his retirement fight.

On the possibility of that fight Brown said, “I’d love for it to be Demian’s retirement match, I know he’s looking for a retirement match. I would love that, and out of respect for him because he’s a true legend. Just like when I fought him the first time, he’s the worst match up for me in the division and I like that challenge. I think I’m more up for it now than I was before.”

UFC Vegas 29 Preview: Matt Brown – Dhiego Lima

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 29, one of the hard-core legends of the sport will make the walk once again. Matt “The Immortal” Brown (22-18) returns to the octagon as he takes on former Ultimate Fighter Runner-Up, Dhiego Lima (15-8).

At 40 years old, we are likely nearing the end of Matt Brown’s UFC career. It’s been a tremendous career for Matt Brown and he’s shared the octagon with some of the best in the business. The highlight stretch of his career came back in 2012/2013.

During that stretch of Brown’s career, he won seven consecutive fights including a win over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. That streak put him in a title eliminator against Robbie Lawler where he ultimately came up just short.

Since then, Brown has fought some of the best in the world. In his last fight, he lost a decision to former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit. Brown has lost two in a row leading into tomorrow night.

Dhiego Lima last fought back at UFC 258 when he lost to Belal Muhammad. That loss snapped the longest winning streak of his UFC career where he had won three in a row. Since joining the promotion, it’s been very up and down for Lima. Lima has put together an overall UFC record of 4-6.

UFC Vegas 29 Prediction

When it comes to this welterweight contest at UFC Vegas 29, it’s a tough fight for me to pick. If this fight was just a year or two ago, I would comfortably pick Matt Brown to win this fight. I love his forward pressure and his ability to mix in the grappling.

Dhiego Lima has really good kicks and very good striking technique. However, throughout his UFC career, we’ve seen him struggle when he’s being pressured. Matt Brown is not the type of guy you want to face when you struggle off your back foot.

That said, I’m not sure this is the same Matt Brown of a few years ago. If Matt Brown comes out looking sharp and aggressive, he’s going to win this fight. However, if he’s at all off, I see him getting touched up on the feet and losing a decision. Because of his pressuring style, I think it’s still close, but I have to favor Lima here.

Prediction: Dhiego Lima by Decision

UFC books Matt Brown – Dhiego Lima

The UFC is in the process of finalizing a fun welterweight matchup that will take place in June. MMA Fighting was the first to report last night that verbal agreements were in place for a welterweight matchup between Matt Brown (22-18) and Dhiego Lima (15-8).

The matchup will take place on June 19th. We just saw Dhiego Lima in the octagon a couple of weeks ago against Belal Muhammad. It was a massive fight for Lima as he was looking to break into the UFC‘s rankings at 170 pounds.

Lima had been riding a three-fight win streak heading into the contest with Muhammad. However, that winning streak came to a close a couple of weeks ago. Lima did have some solid moments on the feet during his contest with Muhammad at UFC 258.

However, Lima couldn’t get any distance the entire fight. Muhammad’s pressure was too much and Lima ultimately dropped a decision. Now, he will look to regroup and the UFC is giving him a recognizable name to potentially reestablish himself.

The UFC’s Immortal One

Matt Brown has had quite the journey with the UFC. Brown has now been with the promotion for almost thirteen years and he’s been in there with some of the best that the sport has to offer.

The best run of his career came between 2012 and 2014. Brown went 7-0 and one of those wins came against former title challenger, Stephen Thompson. That winning streak put him in a position to fight Robbie Lawler in a title eliminator.

The two had a fantastic matchup, however, Brown didn’t get his hand raised. Since that Lawler fight, Brown has just gone 3-6 in the UFC. He’s now lost two fights in a row, most recently to Carlos Condit back in January.

At 40 years old, the end of the line might be nearing for Matt Brown. This is a massive fight for his UFC future. If Matt Brown can’t win this matchup in June, he might be seeing the end of the road inside the octagon.

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.

After winning at UFC Fight Island 7, what’s next for Carlos Condit?

Carlos Condit

At UFC Fight Island 7, fight fans finally got to see a welterweight showdown that we’ve waited years for. The Natural Born Killer, Carlos Condit (32-13), took on Matt “The Immortal” Brown (22-18) in the co-main event of the evening.

The fight went a little differently than I thought it would, however, it was still very entertaining. Both men battled for fifteen minutes and in the end, the judges gave the decision to the former interim UFC champion, Carlos Condit.

Condit definitely won the fight, although, I was a little surprised by the scores. All three judges gave Condit every round. I personally thought Matt Brown should have won the first round with his top control, but it was close.

I was surprised that not one judge gave it to him. Nevertheless, Condit walked away with his second straight UFC victory. After Condit had lost five in a row, he’s bounced back for two wins over the last few months.

This was a very important fight for Condit. Not only was he looking to win his second straight, but the fight was the final one on his UFC contract. There were a lot of question marks about what would be next if he lost.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

Dana White said in the post-fight press conference that he loves Carlos Condit. Factoring in the UFC‘s relationship with Condit and the fact that he’s on a winning streak and I don’t believe he’s going to be going anywhere.

I fully expect the promotion to resign Condit and I don’t think Condit wants to go anywhere. Counting his WEC days, Condit has fought under Zuffa since 2007 and he didn’t sound like a fighter who was interested in testing the waters.

Having won two in a row, I’m curious to see what the UFC does with Condit next. I don’t think he will get a ranked opponent in his next fight, but someone on the broadcast did have a really good suggestion.

Someone mentioned James Krause (28-8) as a possibility and I love that fight. It would be an entertaining scrap between the two and Krause is 7-1 since 2015. If Condit could pickup another win over someone like Krause, then you could start to talk about a ranked opponent.

Carlos Condit beats Matt Brown by decision at UFC Fight Island 7

Carlos Condit

In the co-main event of UFC Fight Island 7, we had a matchup that fans have been waiting years for. Veteran welterweights Carlos Condit (31-13) and Matt Brown (22-17) finally met inside the octagon.

Carlos Condit was able to snap a five-fight losing streak during the UFC‘s last trip to Fight Island. He was looking to pickup his second consecutive win today. This would be the first winning streak for Condit since 2012 if he was to win.

There was also a lot riding on this fight given Condit’s contract situation. Condit announced this week that UFC Fight Island 7 was the final fight on his current deal with the promotion. He needed a win to ride high into negotiations.

On the other side of the octagon you had Matt Brown. The gritty veteran saw his two-fight win streak snapped last May when he was knocked out by Miguel Baeza. The 40 year old welterweight was aiming to prove that he can still put on a show.

UFC Fight Island 7 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Fight Island 7 co-main event of the evening started and both men immediately started training. Brown was looking to pressure Condit early while Condit was looking to work his low kicks.

Condit was working his kicks on all three levels in the first minute of the fight. Brown was able to catch Condit on an entry and he landed a takedown. Matt Brown wasn’t throwing much on the ground instead just using it for control.

Condit was able to work back to the guard, but Brown was able to push him against the fence. After a minute on top, Brown started throwing some shots. With two minutes left in the round Condit started trying to work his way up, but Brown was holding control well.

With a minute left in the round, Condit started working for submissions off his back. Condit worked his way up to his feet and hit a switch to end up on top of Matt Brown before the round ended. Very tough round to score considering Brown didn’t do much on top, but I’ll still give him the round.

Round 2

The second round of the UFC Fight Island 7 co-main event started with Condit pushing forward. Condit was throwing kicks and combinations, however, Matt Brown caught Condit flush with a big elbow that buckled Condit’s legs.

Matt Brown wasn’t able to capitalize on a hurt Condit. Condit recovered well and went back to working his combinations. Brown tried to land a couple of takedowns, but Condit was doing a good job of defending in the second round.

Halfway through the round and Condit really started opening up. Then out of no where, Condit landed a spectacular takedown of his own. Once on top, Condit started working his elbows looking to hurt Matt Brown.

Matt Brown was really starting to look tired on the bottom. Condit was doing a good job of constantly touching Matt Brown and holding him down in the second round. The second round comes to a close and it was a dominant round overall for Condit.

Round 3

The former interim UFC welterweight champion looked like he had all the momentum entering the final round. Both men touched gloves to get things underway but the action immediately paused with an accidental low kick from Condit.

When the action resumed, Condit went right back to attacking with his kicks. Thirty seconds into the round and Brown shot for a takedown, but Condit defended well. Matt Brown was able to push Condit against the fence and land a solid right hand.

He chained that into a takedown attempt, but Condit was able to reverse and get the back of Matt Brown. Brown was able to work his way back up, but then Condit took him right back down and landed in side control.

Matt Brown was looking exhausted in the final round. Condit was able to get the back once again, but he slipped and Brown used that to get back to his feet. Condit slipped and Brown ended up on top with 90 seconds left in the round.

Brown was on top, but he wasn’t doing much with it. Condit was attacking submissions off his back and throwing shots. With 50 seconds left, Condit got back to his feet. Once there, Condit went for a takedown, but Brown reversed and got his own takedown.

The fight comes to a close and it was razor close. Given the activity, I give the third round and the fight to Carlos Condit 29-28.

Carlos Condit def. Matt Brown by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC Fight Island 7 Preview: Matt Brown – Carlos Condit

Tomorrow at UFC Fight Island 7, fight fans are getting to see a fight that we’ve waited years for. After years of this fight being discussed, we will finally get to see Matt Brown (22-17) and Carlos Condit (31-13) go to war.

Matt Brown is looking to bounce back from his knockout loss that happened back in May at the hands of Miguel Baeza. That loss snapped a two-fight winning streak for Brown where he had knocked out Ben Saunders and Diego Sanchez.

It’s been a very interesting ride for Matt Brown in the UFC. Brown had always been considered kind of a journeyman fighter early on. A fighter who was extremely entertaining, however, he could never get to the top.

Then we hit 2012. Staring in 2012, Matt Brown went on a seven-fight winning streak which included a win over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. That winning streak put him in a title eliminator against Robbie Lawler where he ultimately fell short.

While he’s had some entertaining fights since, he’s not been able to get back to that level in some time. Carlos Condit has been going through the same thing. Condit snapped a five-fight losing streak back in October on Fight Island.

The former interim UFC welterweight champion has struggled a lot since 2016. Like Brown, Condit lost a crucial fight to Robbie Lawler which seemed to really turn his career downhill. He’s looking to win his second straight tomorrow in what’s his final fight on his UFC contract. 

UFC Fight Island 7 Prediction

In reality, this is just a really fun matchup. These two are legends to the die-hards and even if they are far pass their primes, it’s just going to be fun to see these two mix it up at UFC Fight Island 7.

When it comes to the prediction, to me it’s going to come down to how Condit fights. For Carlos Condit to win, he needs to stay away from wild exchanges. I believe he’s got the technical advantage.

Matt Brown has the raw power advantage and for him to win, he needs it to be a brawl. If Condit is drawn into a brawl with Matt Brown, he might run the risk of getting knocked out or losing a decision.

Given the gravity of the situation for Condit, I expect him to fight smart. Don’t get me wrong, we are going to see some big exchanges, but I think Condit is going to work from the outside and edge this one out. I actually see this one going the distance.

Prediction: Carlos Condit by Unanimous Decision

Carlos Condit’s contract expires after UFC Fight Island 7

Carlos Condit

The Natural Born Killer has a lot on the line at UFC Fight Island 7. Former interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit (31-13), will be fighting his final fight on his current deal with the UFC on Saturday night.

Condit is taking on Matt Brown (22-17) in a fight that fight fans have been waiting years for. The two gritty veterans are expected to put on a show and nobody is expecting this fight to go the distance.

It’s been a rough few years inside the UFC for Carlos Condit. Back in April of 2009, Condit made his debut with the promotion and lost a split decision to Martin Kampmann. After that, he went on an incredible run.

Condit won four straight fights which earned him a shot at Nick Diaz. The two headlined UFC 143 for the interim welterweight title and a chance to fight Georges St. Pierre for the undisputed title.

Condit won the fight and the interim title by unanimous decision. The Natural Born Killer went on to lose to GSP when they fought later in that same year. However, he did have his moments including dropping GSP with a headkick.

Rough UFC run over the last seven years

Entering 2013, Condit was looking to get back in the rhythm after losing to GSP. He started the year off by fighting Johny Hendricks and he lost by decision. After that fight, he was able to stop Martin Kampmann to avenge his earlier loss.

Tyron Woodley would be next up and he stopped Condit by a leg kick which ended up tearing the ACL of Condit. After that, Condit ended up taking a year off from the UFC to rehab his knee. He returned successfully against Thiago Alves in 2015.

That’s when Condit got his second title shot. He took on Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 and put on a clinic. Most people, including myself, felt that Condit should have won the decision and walked out with the title. However, the judges gave the fight to Lawler.

After that fight, Condit would lose four straight fights through the end of 2018. Condit made his UFC return back in October against Court McGee. Having lost five in a row, it was do or die for Condit. Condit ended up pulling out a big decision win.

Now, he will make the walk looking to win his second straight fight. Condit hasn’t won multiple fights in a row since 2012. Considering the UFC’s current state and this being the last fight on his deal, Condit needs to win on Saturday night and he needs to do it with style.

UFC booking Carlos Condit – Matt Brown

Carlos Condit

The UFC is close to finalizing a fun welterweight contest for fans in 2021. Per MMA Fighting, the promotion is close to finalizing a contest between former interim champion, Carlos Condit (31-13), and Matt Brown (22-17).

This is the third time that the UFC has attempted to book these guys against each other. However, injuries derailed both of the previous matchups. This is an incredibly fun matchup for fans and a fight that makes sense for both fighters.

Carlos Condit fought for the first time in almost two years back in October. That night, Condit was able to snap his five fight losing streak and get a much needed win over Court McGee. Condit looked good that night even breaking the nose of McGee.

The 36 year old former UFC champion made it clear that night that he wasn’t done. It seemed that after the fight, Condit was rejuvenated by the much needed win. While a title run might not be in the cards, he’s still got gas in the tank.

UFC’s January 30th Card

The proposed welterweight contest is going to take place on the UFC‘s January 30th card. For Matt Brown, he’s going to be attempting to bounce back from his knockout loss to Miguel Baeza which occurred back in May.

Prior to that knockout loss, Brown had won back-to-back fights by knockout. Brown has long been known as one of the more entertaining and game fighters that the UFC has on their roster.

To me, this fight isn’t really about moving forward towards the top of the division. This is a fight between two guys who still have fight left in them and they are looking to put on a show for UFC fans.

It’s going to be a fantastic matchup. If both men show up at their best on January 30th, it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. I’m expecting a fun striking war when these two stand across from each other next year.