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‘Rumble’ vs. ‘Immortal’ Likely for TUF 9 Finale

(Matt Brown proves that there’s no brotherhood among men with shoulder tattoos. Photo courtesy of

Matt Brown‘s dominant TKO win over Pete Sell at UFC 96 may have been tainted by some horrendous reffing, but the UFC is making it up to him with a solid step up in competition. Multiple sources are reporting that "The Immortal" will make his next appearance at the Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. finale show (June 20th, Las Vegas), where he’ll be taking on rising welterweight star Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.

Though Brown entered the UFC last year (via Team Forrest) with a shaky pro record of 6-6, he’s since built up a 3-1 record in the Octagon, with stoppage victories over Matt Arroyo, Ryan Thomas, and Sell. Johnson, who most recently beat Luigi Fioravanti into unemployment at last month’s UFC Fight Night 17, has a 4-2 UFC record and was responsible for two of last year’s greatest knockouts. As of now, the rumored card for the TUF 9 finale looks like this:

Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida
Welterweight TUF finalist vs. welterweight TUF finalist (TBA)
Lightweight TUF finalist vs. lightweight TUF finalist (TBA)
Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson
Anthony Johnson vs. Matt Brown

Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns
Brad Blackburn vs. Edgar Garcia
Other matches between TUF 9 castmembers (TBA)

— In other Ultimate Fighter news, it was announced earlier this month that the tenth season of the show will feature heavyweights for the first time since TUF 2; middleweights and light-heavyweights are also being considered, though it’s not clear if all three weight classes will be featured. Two of TUF 10‘s heavyweight hopefuls are former NFL players. MMA Junkie reports that Rex Richards — who spent time on the Indianapolis Colts O-line practice squad and did a stint in the AFL before transitioning to MMA as a super-heavyweight — will be cutting to 265 to try out for the show. Richards has an 8-1 record, with all wins by first-round stoppage and his only loss coming at the paws of Shane Carwin in 2007. FiveOunces adds that Bobby Jones — a former offensive lineman for the New York Giants who also played in the AFL before turning to cage-fighting — will be looking to build on his own 2-0 record with a run on TUF.

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diesel - March 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm
@ shitwhistle Best wishes to you & your family, I'll be praying for the little guy, he's very brave to be goin thru something like that.

rumble by epic k.o. after earth-shaking exchange
sPeLLcHeCkEr- March 25, 2009 at 9:35 pm
Maybe you could talk MMA and still be sensitive to the fact that you're two cyber-degrees away from a five year-old boy with a brain tumor. Jeez man, seriously. Give it a thought.

@shitwistle... Best wishes to the three of you and especially to little Owen. :)

@Everyone else, I share the sentiment in that I have no fucking clue who to favor in Brown/Johnson, I don't actually want either to lose. I hope we get a real treat out of that one, though considering a finish would be pretty elementary. I'd give it 2 rounds, hoping for 3.

Not really interested in the rest of the card, except for perhaps Daddy/Diaz. Losing to Diaz will really show us whether he still actually wants employment during these 'tough economic times'.
UFC fan- March 25, 2009 at 8:10 pm
maybe we could talk more MMA and less personal trials and tribulations.
andres pepe- March 25, 2009 at 5:01 pm
no love for immortal matt brown hes gonna submit johnson in the 2nd round by triangle choke anthony johnson is so over rated
Anonymouse- March 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm
Diego vs. Guida - Diego by decision
Diaz vs. Stevenson - Diaz by triangle
Johnson vs. Brown - Johnson by KO


Owen shitwhistle vs. Brain Tumor - Owen by KTFO (with a lot of prayer help)

Hey Bens, how about sending Owen a shirt?!?
Your Fucking Father- March 25, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I pray that everything goes well for your sons surgery, I have a two year old daughter and I cant imagine what your going through. With that being said did anyone else have to do a double take when they said a prayer for his son? Mine went something like "Dear Heavenly father please see Shi....might have to rethink this one.
nippletwist- March 25, 2009 at 1:13 pm
awesome fucking fight, these are two of my favorite guys right now
slapjaw ackrite- March 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm
Johnson vs Brown should be awesome! I think rumble has the advantage but Matt is one tough sumbitch. Diego by dec, TBA by ko in third, TBA by triangle in 2nd.

war shitwhistle's son
MMA FAN- March 25, 2009 at 1:01 pm
@ shitwhistle

Don't worry he will do fine!
best wishes
Bootylam!- March 25, 2009 at 12:35 pm
How is Rumble v. Brown a good fight? Rumble's going to put a serious hurting on that guy. As for you slitwhistle, all love and hope to you and yours during your trying time.
RED- March 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm
Also, Lashley said he has been in talks with the UFC. I wonder if he'd do the show if they did heavyweights.
RED- March 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm
That's a great match up. I like both fighters so this will be interesting. I think Rumble will take it by decision.

There must not have been that many impressive fighters on the show because they are packing the card with other people. The last TUF finale was full of cast members, even the main card.
walrus- March 25, 2009 at 10:56 am
Now that's a fuckin' card

God bless your son shitwhistle
metcgk- March 25, 2009 at 10:22 am
My prayers are with you and your son, shitwhistle. Be sure and let us know how surgery goes.

Brown by KO
Sanchez by total destruction
Ample- March 25, 2009 at 10:09 am
Brown vs Johnson sounds effing awsome. Too bad though, i like both fighters a lot and dont want to see either loose.

I think Anthony Johson is taking this fight....its gonna be quick.
Kaibo- March 25, 2009 at 9:42 am
This card is much as I love the show, I can't wait for it to end.
ihatejardineallot- March 25, 2009 at 9:08 am
thats a good card
UFC fan- March 25, 2009 at 9:03 am
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida (Diego by KO)

Welterweight TUF finalist vs. welterweight TUF finalist (TBA) (who cares right now)

Lightweight TUF finalist vs. lightweight TUF finalist (TBA) (who cares right now)

Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson (I hate em both, but if Joe loses maybe he leaves...go NATE!)

Anthony Johnson vs. Matt Brown (wow! its a toss up. Im gonna pick Johnson by decision)

Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns (Lytle is a washup I got Burns)

Brad Blackburn vs. Edgar Garcia (hmmm Im gonna go garcia)

Other matches between TUF 9 castmembers (TBA) (Dont care!)
Than- March 25, 2009 at 8:56 am

I sincerely hope your son gets better soon. Good luck for the trials ahead, cancer is not Fedor, it can be beaten...
DDT- March 25, 2009 at 8:51 am
I think Johnson will stomp Brown and I think this will be an entertaining fight but I was really hoping that AJ would be getting a step up in competition not a step sideways.
Frank Mur- March 25, 2009 at 8:46 am
Come On ......... Brown by submission in the third! Johnson hasn't had much steam after 1:00 of round one in any of the fights I've seen.
Prayers for your boy Shitwhistle, wouldn't wish that on anyone.
J-Dog- March 25, 2009 at 8:39 am
That's a VERY solid card for a non-PPV event... can't wait!
imjustadudeman- March 25, 2009 at 8:38 am
Sending prayers your way shitwhistle.
ADW- March 25, 2009 at 8:29 am
I think Johnson and Brown is going to be a great fight.. but someone is going to get KTFO'd. I got johnson by KO in the second.
Dakyn- March 25, 2009 at 8:13 am
That card isn't that bad y'know :O