If you shed a tear or two recently when Matt Brown relayed that he was not going to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 189 as had been announced, well, you have a reason to smile again.
On Tuesday, the promotion confirmed that Brown will still throw down on July 11th, but that he will face surging welterweight Tim Means. If you’ve watched “The Dirty Birdy” fight, and enjoy aggressive, entertaining battles, then you know this is cause for celebration.
Means (24-6-1) returned to the UFC last May, and after suffering a decision loss to Neil Magny, the former lightweight has won four in a row. Most recently, at UFC on FOX 15, Means took out George Sullivan with a third round, arm-triangle-choke. Earlier this year, Means quickly stopped TUF 19 Finalist Dhiego Lima at UFC 184.
Brown (19-13) will be looking to get back on track, as the popular fighter has been decisioned by Johny Hendricks and champion Robbie Lawler in his last two scraps.”The Immortal” won seven straight prior to the defeats.
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11th. In the main event, featherweight champ Jose Aldo will take on Conor McGregor.