Two Welterweight Bouts Added to UFC 143

December 23, 2011
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Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Two more welterweight bouts have been added to UFC 143 taking place Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas.

First up, Ohio fighter Matt Brown looks to bounce back from a recent loss as he faces former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ competitor Chris Cope.

The second bout added features another Ohio based fighter as Justin Edwards takes on Mike Stumpf in Las Vegas.

UFC officials announced both bouts on Friday.

Matt Brown was in the midst of a three fight losing streak before putting on a strong performance to defeat John Howard earlier this year. Before Brown could make it two in a row he ran into Seth Baczynski at UFC 139, where he lost by submission in the 2nd round.

Now he looks to bounce back where he faces fellow TUF alum Chris Cope, who suffered a tough loss in his last bout as well.

Cope was knocked out by British banger Che Mills in his last trip to the Octagon, so he’ll be looking to prove a point when he faces Brown in February.

Also added to the card, Justin Edwards will try to return to winning form after losing to John Maguire at UFC 138 in England. The Ohioan is now 1-2 in his three fights in the UFC, but his exciting style have made every fight close.

Mike Stumpf will also look to make the most of his 2nd UFC appearance when he faces Edwards in February. Stumpf stepped up on extremely short notice for his last fight in the UFC where he was submitted by T.J. Waldburger in the first round at UFC Fight Night 25 in September.

Now the Team Curran fighter will have plenty of time to train as he faces Edwards Feb 4 in Las Vegas.

Both fights will be on the UFC 143 undercard, expected to air on Fuel TV on Feb 4 from Las Vegas.

  • shereko

    Ok, I guess the guys alright to watch… but, how is Matt Brown still part of the UFC? Check out his record…

  • Mario


    Matt Brown is still around? (hey that rhymes) 🙂

    Doesn’t he have a record of like 12-20? LOL. This guy shouldn’t still be in the UFC. Yes he brings it come fight time, but he losses to mid-level competition..

    He’ll be getting submitted. It’s kinda his thing..

  • Mario

    A submission courtesy of Chris Cope seems highly unlikely now that I think about it, but you never know!

    We are talking about Matt Brown here. 🙂

  • elguapo

    I think Brown is always a good prelim card level fighter. Much more fun to watch than many others at that level. I think he has a role to play in the UFC, he’s a classic first fight for any TUF winner/finalist in his weight class, similar to Aaron Riley in that respect.