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A Ultimate Fighting Championship clash many considered to be a dream matchup may be finally coming to fruition in 2021.
The report first coming from MMA Fighting on Thursday, Carlos Condit (31-13) will be coming to blows with Matt Brown (22-17) at a UFC card in 2021. The Jan. 30 Fight Night event, which may take place on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be gaining a potential all-action scrap once scheduled all the way back in 2013. According to MMA Fighting, the two have both agreed to meet, but the paperwork is still outstanding.
The two welterweight thrillers were booked to fight at UFC on Fox 9 in 2013, but a back injury to Brown scrubbed the pairing. At that time, Condit had bounced back from consecutive losses to Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks to finish Martin Kampmann. In the meantime, Brown was in the midst of a six-fight win streak that had seem him beat names like Stephen Thompson and Mike Swick on the way up the welterweight rankings. In 2018, the promotion attempted to pit the two against one another again, but another Brown injury – this one a torn ACL – scuttled the long-awaited match. The two have amassed 13 combined post-fight bonuses throughout their UFC tenures.
In his last time out, Condit earned his first victory in 2015 when he captured a hard-fought decision over Court McGee. His win by decision – just the third in his career – snapped a five-fight skid where he had been submitted three times. The former World Extreme Cagefighting king will be looking to lift his UFC record to .500 with a win, and he will almost certainly be seeking a finish. “The Natural Born Killer” maintains a sky-high finish rate of 90 percent throughout his career, with a nearly equal number of knockouts and submissions to his credit.
The similarly violence-minded Brown has not gone the distance since 2015. A finish defeat against Miguel Baeza in May ended a two-fight knockout streak where “The Immortal” posterized Diego Sanchez and Ben Saunders. Brown one-ups his prospective opponent by posting a stellar finish rate of 91 percent, and only winning two bouts on the scorecards in his career. That last win on the scorecards coming over Thompson in 2012, since then, Brown’s last eight wins have come by stoppage.
The UFC Fight Night card on Jan. 30 will take place either at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas or on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, depending on what the promotion can arrange. The event does not yet have a headliner, although another key bout scheduled for the card is a women’s flyweight tilt between Roxanne Modafferi and Viviane Araujo.