UFC veteran Matt Brown (20-13) has been asked to bring his unique brand of ultraviolence to Mexico in November where he’ll take on the TUF 17 champ Kelvin Gastelum (11-1) in a bout scheduled for five rounds that will sit atop of the TUF Latin American Season 2 Finale card, and rightfully so.
After losing 4 out of 5 fights from 2010-11, Matt Brown did the unthinkable. He put together a 7-fight win streak, earning himself a #1 contender’s bout at UFC on FOX 12 against Robbie Lawler. Unfortunately for the Ohioan, he’d come up on the wrong end of a unanimous decision victory against Lawler on that summer night in San Jose.
In his next fight, he was offered a chance to redeem himself against a former champion and perennial contender in Johny Hendricks. Again, the fight would head to the judge’s scorecards and Brown would come up short losing via unanimous decision.
After proving that he may not be worthy for title contention, Brown was sent back down to the prelims to take on Tim Means last month in Fight City, Nevada on the FOX Sports 1 portion of UFC 189. The two aforementioned men came together to deliver a fight that would kickstart arguably one of the best UFC PPV’s in history.
The courageous Means decided to go elbow for elbow with “The Immortal” one in a fire fight that would end with Brown getting his hand raised for the first time since last spring when he made his home state of Ohio proud by TKO’ing Erick Silva inside of Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena in one of the most exciting fights of 2014.
Having built a reputation as one of the most must-see fighters on the current roster, Brown has earned himself the right to headline cards like this one, where he’ll take on the former TUF winner and current coach.
Gastelum was forced to move back up to middleweight at UFC 188 against Nate Marquardt after missing the mark on multiple occasions at 170 lbs – where he decided to move after earning the title of TUF 17 champion against Uriah Hall. History tells us that Gastelum is very comfortable in Mexico. The Yuma, AZ native holds a record of 4-0 with 4 stoppages just south of the United States; his most recent victories coming over UFC mainstays, Marquardt and Jake Ellenberger.
On November 21st in Monterrey, Mexico, UFC fans will be given the opportunity to feast upon one of the most intriguing matches on paper this year. Both Brown and Gastelum have been given the opportunity to knock – and knock hard. The man who leaves Mexico on this night with his hand raised will do so in extraordinary fashion – earning himself the right to climb that unforgiving ladder that lurks in the depths of the soulless UFC welterweight division.
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