A rumored welterweight bout to take place at UFC 95 in London, England at the O2 Arena on February 21 between Matt Brown and Paul Taylor won’t have a chance to become official.
According to a report by the UK-based magazine Fighters Only, Taylor is taking longer to recover than expected from broken ribs sustained in a bout vs. Chris Lytle at UFC 89.
The magazine was also the first to report that Taylor had recently signed a new four-fight contract with the promotion. The 9-4-1 British fighter received the new contract in spite of a 2-3 lifetime record inside the Octagon.
In addition to his unanimous decision loss against Lytle, Taylor has has also suffered defeats at the hands of Paul Kelly at UFC 80 and Marcus Davis at UFC 75. His fight with Kelly earned him a share of the coveted “Fight of the Night” award.
Taylor’s wins have come against Jess Liaudin via split decision at UFC 85 and Edilberto de Oliveira by way of a third round TKO.
A new opponent for Brown has yet to be determined. Thus far the only other reported fight for UFC 95 is a lightweight encounter between Justin Buchholz and Terry Etim.