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Taking a Page Out of Tito Ortiz’s Playbook, Matt Brown Steps Up to Face John Hathaway at UFC 138

If nothing else, Matt Brown may have bought himself some more time in the UFC today.

The struggling welterweight who recently rebounded from three straight losses with a hard-fought win over John Howard at UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry in June has stepped up to replace injured Pascal Krauss against British prospect John Hathaway (12-1) at UFC 138 in November. In spite of the fact that a loss will drop Brown (12-10) to 1-4 in his past five outings, it’s likely that UFC president Dana White may spare him from the chopping block should that happen much like he did Tito Ortiz who lost to Rashad Evans earlier this month at UFC 133 after he replaced an injured Phil Davis.

News of the bout was first reported by MMAJunkie.

Typically, the UFC has made it a policy to cut fighters after compiling three losses in a row, although there have been exceptions to the rule depending on the situation *cough* Joe Stevenson *cough* Dan Hardy *cough*, but besides being a decent fighter, Brown hasn’t really done anything exceptional to warrant the job protection he’s been afforded. Am I right, Gerald Harris?

“The Immortal” will have to pull out all the stops to beat Hathaway, who got his first and only taste of defeat at the hands of veteran Mike Pyle by decision last October at UFC 120 after upsetting Diego Sanchez at UFC 114 that May.

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Walrus- September 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm
Yea, Matt Brown comes to fight. He's been in some great matches
Todd M- September 1, 2011 at 6:55 am
Thats the whole point, if they keep putting on decent scraps why get rid of either of them?
SumDumGuy- September 1, 2011 at 6:44 am
^ +1
RaginAsian- September 1, 2011 at 5:58 am
After this it's time for Hardy vs. Brown for a okay-seriously-this-time-the-loser-has-to-leave-town match.
Big_Shell- September 1, 2011 at 4:37 am
He's got the chris lytle factor, he comes to FIGHT, not to win per se. That's why he's still around. I hate watchin him get layed on too, I think they need to use guys like matt and dan hardy for what they are, scrappers who put on good shows. They aren't ever likely to be contenders, so don't throw them in with people that are just trying to stall out fights to see how they do.
Todd M- August 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm
Matt 'Mother Fuckin" Brown always brings it, that's why the UFC keep him around. I hope he pulls out a win in this one, I hate seeing him get layed on by wrestlers
XENOPHON- August 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Hathaway is going to handle Brown...
Anhonestmoose- August 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Taking a book out of Tito Ortiz' chapter?