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Morning Report: Matt Brown responds to Tyron Woodley's callout, would rather fight Carlos Condit

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

You don't often see someone call out an injured fighter coming off a loss, but UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley believes a matchup with Matt Brown is exactly what the fans want.

"Granted it's one of the toughest fights, but it's a good match-up, people love [Brown], he was a fight away from a title shot, ranked fifth, and fans would flip," Woodley told MMA Fighting Tuesday. "I feel like he will bring the best out of me and test my limits. I respect him as a fighter and feel fighting him makes the most since for my career."

Brown, rehabbing the right hand he injured in a decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 12, isn't so sure. If he had his way, he'd much rather be re-booked against former WEC champion Carlos Condit.

"I just went to the doctor this morning for my hand so it's going to be four weeks before I'm even cleared to spar, punch pads, do any hard core grappling," Brown told FOX Sports. "I can do some light drills and stuff but my hand is still messed up so between now and then is when I'm really going to decide what happens. I feel like it's fairly irrelevant at this point but I think Woodley or [Carlos] Condit it probably going to be along the same line I would think. Me and Condit were supposed to fight once before and I think that's the fight everyone wants to see. I think out styles, the way they match up, is probably the most interesting fight out there. I'm open to whatever."

Brown was set to face Condit last December at UFC on FOX 9, but was forced to withdraw after herniating two discs in his lower back the week of the fight. Condit was then booked against Woodley at UFC 171 in March, suffering a TKO loss after tearing both his ACL and meniscus.

"You never know how a fight's going to go, but I would anticipate not a f**kin' barnburner war," Brown said of a matchup with Woodley. "That's probably not what the fans would anticipate. Whether it is or not, god only knows. Condit is probably a f**kin' barnburner. I can't imagine it going any other way."

Brown isn't confident fans would buzz over the Woodley matchup, whereas a booking with Condit would create a frenzy.

"Strategy is whatever," said Brown. "I don't give a f**k. I don't see the fans anticipating a war [with Woodley]. I don't anticipate anything in a fight. A lot of them are probably going to expect [Woodley] to knock me out real quick or he's going to take me down, grind me out real quick, or that I'm going to slowly beat him up and that it'd be a good war. Those are three basic options for Woodley where I think Condit you have, most likely, no matter how this fight goes, we're f**king each other up. We're going to be bloody and beat up at the end."



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