by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
UFC 123 in November is starting to add some fights and the latest to be confirmed is a welterweight contest between young Canadian prospect Rory MacDonald and former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Matt Brown.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight, and initially reported by Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday.
After a successful debut on the UFC, Rory MacDonald (10-1) looked like he was on his way to 2-0 in the promotion until a third round against former WEC champion Carlos Condit. Controlling the better part of the first 10 minutes of the fight, MacDonald was battered in the third and final round before having the fight stopped due to strikes.
The 21-year old Canadian will try to bounce back from that loss when he returns in November against another tough opponent in Cincinnati native Matt Brown.
Brown (11-9) will be coming into UFC 123 with a chip on his shoulder, and possibly his job on the line. Back-to-back losses have struck Brown after he piled up an impressive list of wins in the UFC, but now he’ll have to take out MacDonald to assure himself a future in the Octagon.
Prior to the losses to Chris Lytle and Ricardo Almeida, Brown had won three fights in a row including a dominant victory over “Ultimate Fighter” season 9 winner James Wilks. The Matt Hume trained fighter will look to have another one of those performances when he faces MacDonald in November.
There’s been no official announcement about UFC 123, and the promotion is still actively searching for a venue for the November show. The card will be headlined by former light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida squaring off.