The UFC schedule for the remainder of 2013 might just be the
most ridiculous combination of talent spread out over the course of
several pay-per-views and televised shows between now and December
Six titles are up for grabs and some serious rivalries will be
settled, but the fight that may end up having the most buzz
surrounding it isn’t even in the main event or co-main event slots
for any upcoming show.
The moment the welterweight showdown between former interim
champion Carlos Condit and Matt Brown was announced for the
upcoming UFC on Fox: Pettis vs. Thomson card, just about everyone
started salivating at the sheer prospect of what this fight could
In a ballet of violence, there may not be two better performers
right now than Condit and Brown, and with both of them loading up a
nuclear arsenal of weaponry as they head towards their fight in
Sacremento on Dec 14, the excitement around this fight is already
off the charts.
“I’m super excited to fight Matt, he’s got a great style. The
matchup stylistically’s going to make for a really, really exciting
fight,” Condit said about the matchup. “After my last fight and his
last fight there was kind of some buzz, people asking for this
matchup to be made, and as soon as it was made my Twitter just blew
up. People were losing it, really, really excited and I think
rightfully so. This is going to be a great, great fight.
Stylistically it’s going to make for just a crazy, competitive
Condit is fresh off a TKO victory over Martin Kampmann in late
August that put an end to a recent two-fight skid. The former
interim welterweight champion is also notorious for being a very
exciting fighter in the cage where he’s won six post fight bonuses
in his nine UFC fights with two Knockout of the Nights and four
Fight of the Nights on his resume.
Standing across the Octagon from Condit will be Matt Brown, who
currently rides a six-fight win streak into his bout at UFC on Fox:
Pettis vs. Thomson.
Brown has become a master of painting the Octagon with the
broken bodies of his opponents where he’s finished five out of his
last six fights by knockout or TKO. His last trip to the cage
lasted only 29 seconds where Brown obliterated former training
partner Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen in
Now he has a chance to not only face a competitor that is sure
to toss gasoline on an already raging fire, but Brown gets the
opportunity to take on a top ranked welterweight with a chance to
jump into title contention with a win.
“I’m excited. I’ve looked up to Carlos for a long time even in
the WEC. I’ve been a fan of fighting for a long time and he’s one
of the guys I always like watching. I’m glad to be able to fight, I
think he’s ranked No. 2 or No. 3, so it’s a great fight,” Brown
said. “Like he said stylistically, it’s a great matchup. He’s a
type of guy that’s not going to try and wrestle me and keep me on
my butt for three rounds.
“He’s going to try to take me down with his hands. That’s the
best takedown in the world—a left hook. So that’s how I’m
going to try to take him down, that’s how he’s going to try to take
Brown understands that winning seven fights in a row in the UFC
is a rarity, and beating Condit would immediately put him into the
discussion to face the winner of the upcoming fight between Georges
St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.
That’s the exact reason Brown is in this fight and in the UFC in
general—to get the chance to fight for the welterweight
title. As a matter of fact, Brown is happy to just line them both
up and fight them on the same night because why not?
“(Condit is ranked) No.2, if I beat him I should be ranked No. 1
right? Or at least ranked No. 2. Absolutely, I think so,” Brown
answered when asked about fighting for the belt next. “I don’t know
who else in the division. (I’ll fight) both of them, I’ll fight
them both at once.”
As excited as the entire mixed martial arts world appears to be
about the prospect of Condit vs. Brown, there are at least a few
disappointed souls that this fight is taking place.
Namely everyone else hoping to take home a ‘Fight of the Night’
bonus at UFC on Fox: Pettis vs. Thomson.
“I tried to get them off the card because there goes one bonus,”
Josh Thomson said with a laugh when talking about the potential
powder keg brewing between Condit and Brown.
The two welterweights will now head back to their respective
camps before finally meeting on December 14 in Sacramento.