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