Matt Brown (19-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) might be fighting the number one contender at 170, but is not in a title contention fight when he goes against Robbie Lawler (23-10 MMA, 8-4 UFC) at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose. In fact UFC 174 fight between Rory MacDonald (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is the rumored title contention fight. Either way, Brown is not worried about it.
“I understand why [they gave me this] fight and not the title (shot). I’m not foolish about it. I know exactly what’s going on, and I’ll be happy as long as I win the fight.”
Brown has 19-11 MMA record. He has 12 by KO, 5 by Submission and 2 coming by decision. However, he has lost 9 fights by submission and has never been knocked out. He is currently on a seven fight winning streak with wins over Chris Cope via TKO back in February of 2012, a unanimous decision over Stephen Thompson at UFC 145 in April of 2012. In the summer of 2012 he beat Luis Ramos via TKO in the second round. He finished 2012 on a very positive note with a knockout win over Mike Swick in the second round. In April of 2013 he beat Jordan Mein in the 2nd round with a TKO victory and the finally when he fought last against Mike Pyle he made short work of him by knocking him out in 29 seconds in the first round.
“It definitely gets me excited. It gets exciting when you think about it. All these things get you excited, but I just put it all to the back of my mind. Every day I have to get up and focus on what I have to do that day to get better. I can’t worry about things I can’t control.”
UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.