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.