Matt Brown Likely to Face Former Strikeforce Champ Tarec Saffiedine Next

August 30, 2013
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Matt Brown finishes Chris CopeFollowing his victory over Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, Matt Brown didn’t call out one specific fighter; he called out everyone in the Top 10.

And it now looks like his request will be fulfilled.

UFC president Dana White confirmed to Fox Sports that Brown’s next opponent is going to be former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine.

White hasn’t revealed a prospective date or location because it is still dependent upon Saffiedine gaining medical clearance for an undisclosed injury that thwarted his promotional debut, which had been slated for July.

Saffiedine (14-3) is currently on a four-fight winning streak that includes victories over UFC veterans Scott Smith, Roger Bowling and Nate Marquardt. The bout over Marquardt earned Saffiedine the Strikeforce welterweight belt. He holds the distinction of being the final man to do so.

Brown (18-11), including the victory over Pyle, has won six consecutive bouts. That followed a spell where he went 1-4 and was on the verge of losing his spot on the UFC roster.

He turned a corner after losing to Seth Baczynski, however. In his six-fight streak, he has finished five of his six opponents by way of knockout.

A victory over Saffiedine would go a long way towards elevating Brown into serious title talk, but it would also do the same for the former Strikeforce champion.

Saffiedine believes he’ll be ready to fight before the end of the year, but for now, we’ll have to wait and see when the fight comes to fruition.

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  • BobLemons

    There’s not a lot available in the top 10 at the moment. Maybe Ellenberger?

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      Tarec is a good fight but there’s also Condit, Mcdonald, Kampmann, Alves, Ellenberger, Marquardt, Diaz, Koscheck. These are the guys he needs to be fighting. He hasn’t faced any of these guys.

      • BobLemons

        Indeed, but some are too high in the rankings, and some won’t be ready any time too soon. I think Ellenberger should be fit and healthy right? His superior ranking should balance out the fact he’s coming off a loss and make a good match-up. Diaz would be great if he wasn’t in limbo…

        • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

          Ellenberger might be the right guy. I know he’s upset with his performance against McDonald and is probably motivated to get back in there.

      • bajafox

        I doubt a fight with Brown would bring Diaz out of “retirement” but I agree with BobLemons, Ellenberger coming off a lackluster loss would be perfect

        • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

          That is true I just like the matchup. Hopefully some news comes soon. Maybe that Alves match can still happen? Don’t know if anyone cares for it but i’m a huge fan of his so even though he’s been out so long I still respect him as a top prospect.

      • Lucas Freire

        It makes no sense for Condit/MacDonald to face him.

  • truthbtold

    Brown is fight with the killer instinct of the old Chuck Lidell

  • julian moran

    Saffiedine wins this.

    • El Gvapo

      Probably, but I think most people have bet against Brown over his last 6 fights and he’s proved most of us wrong.

      • BobLemons

        I bet against him up until he knoked out Swick, I’ve made money on Brown for the last two..

  • TheCerealKiller

    I want him vs Askren! MAKE IT HAPPEN!

    • El Gvapo

      Brown deserves an exciting opponent at least.

  • uncle

    what about Saffiedine vs Thiago Alves?
    I’m still rooting for Matt to win

  • Johnny

    Matt Doo Doo Brown has been on a tear