There is still hope out there for one of the most anticipated welterweight matches that never quite came to fruition.
Four years ago at UFC on FOX 9, Matt Brown and Carlos Condit were set to face each other in what looked to be a surefire Fight of the Night, if not a Fight of the Year contender. Unfortunately, the injury bug intervened when Brown sustained a back injury that forced him out of the fight. The bout never got re-booked and with Brown’s recent statements about potentially retiring from MMA after fight at UFC Norfolk last November, along with Condit’s own waning interest in the sport, it looked like it may never come to pass.
But not so fast! Speaking recently with the Fight Society podcast, Brown suggested that he would postpone his “semi-retirement” if a fight with Condit was on the table.
“Maybe it’s time for me and him to lock horns,” said Brown. “I’d love to. I’ve got so much respect for him. Of course, I would love to. Everybody would want to see that fight. It was supposed to happen before. We’ll see what happens. That’s definitely one people would want to see no matter what. It would be a fight for the ages. Now it would certainly be a fight that would make me want to come out of semi-retirement.”
“I haven’t made any decisions on anything. That would be one that would probably wake me up and get me out of bed.”
Condit and Brown made their names as two of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster, combining for nine total Fight of the Night awards. When they were first scheduled to meet, Brown was riding six-fight win streak and Condit was only a year removed from having lost his interim UFC title in a unification bout with Georges St-Pierre.
Now though, both men have fallen on harder times inside the cage. Condit is currently on a three-fight losing streak, having come up short against Neil Magny just last weekend at UFC 219. Brown isn’t faring much better, going only 1-3 over that same period of time, though his last bout did see him score a spectacular KO over Diego Sanchez. But despite the fact that neither man is really in title contention anymore, Brown insists that any fight between the two of them would be main event worthy, and he hopes UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby agrees with him.
“We’d definitely have to go five,” said Brown. “We’ll see what happens. Maybe Sean Shelby will be listening in and give me a call next week.”
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Chael had a string of things to say.
There’s only 2 things he can do in the ring with me Jan 20th. NOTHING and LIKE IT.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 3, 2018
...Any members of the MMA Media who are skeptical of my KO power who wanna do a little George Plimpton-style— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 3, 2018
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Seriously, got any relatives on the other side you want to visit? I’ll help.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 3, 2018
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Jones’ team feeling solid about his return.
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Gabi made it on to Desus and Mero.
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Lineker will be back.
Me recuperando, contando os dias para voltar!!— John Lineker (@johnlineker) January 3, 2018
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