UFC on Versus 4 Live Blog: Matt Brown vs. John Howard Updates

This is the UFC on Versus 4 live blog for Matt Brown vs. John Howard, a welterweight bout on tonight's event at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Brown (11-10) is looking to snap a three-fight skid. Howard (14-6) is on a two-fight losing streak and is coming off a loss to Thiago Alves at UFC 124 last December.

The live blog is below.



Round 1: Brown managing the distance early with jabs. Howard catches a kick and looks to take Brown down, but he's unsuccessful. Back circling each other now, Howard peppers Brown with leg kicks. Howard takes Brown to the mat midway through the round but Brown is back up in a flash. Howard continues holding on to the leg against the cage. Finally they break. Brown lands a shot and Howard falls backward. Brown lands on top. He looks for a D'arce. Howards pops free and slams Brown to the mat. Back up again. Brown with a succession of jabs to end the round. Several momentum shifts in the round, but we'll score it for Brown 10-9.

Round 2: Howard spent an inordinate amount of time holding on to one of Brown's legs trying to take him down, but he failed. Brown finally ended it by trying a standing guillotine. Howard pulled out. Brown tripped Howard down and took top position. Howard worked half-guard. Brown worked to improve position but Howard threatened submissions from the bottom to slow him down. Howard threatened a leg lock. Brown pulled out and Howard grabbed a leg and took him down. Brown tried a triangle but switched to an omoplata. Howard got out but Brown took the round 10-9.

Round 3: Leg kicks early from Howard, then a head kick. Brown flips the script and takes Howard down. Howard gets up and looks to take Brown's back. He spends forever pushing Brown against the fence and trying to take him down. Nothing doing. He works free and Brown follows him across the cage throwing punches. Brown right back to another takedown try. The crowd is booing now. This was not the fight they were expecting, but both guys are on losing streaks and probably just want a win, no matter how ugly. Howard takes him down again. He's looking for a kimura as the final horn sounds. Howard 10-9.

Winner: Matt Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Brown to Rogan: "I was going to win this fight even if it was a decision. I don't like that, but I got kids to feed."

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