A bout between TUF alumni Rich Attonito and Matt Brown has been pushed back a few weeks from June 4’s Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and will now take place when the company returns to Versus for UFC Live 4. Though no official date is announced it is expected the event will take place June 26 in Milwaukee and also features heavyweight kickboxers Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo mixing it up in main card action.
The fight will be an especially important outing for Brown who is coming off three consecutive losses and will likely need to win over Attonito in order to maintain his employment with the UFC based on the welterweight division’s depth and the manner in which the company has handled other fighters in the same position. The 30-year old started off his career in the Octagon with a 4-1 record before his 2010 slide including victories over Pete Sell and James Wilks. He holds an overall record of 11-10 overall all of his wins coming as the result of a finishing performance.
While the 9-4 Attonito may not be in the same position as Brown as far as how crucial the win is he will also have more on his mind than the average fighter when the cage door closes as the bout will mark his debut at 170 pounds. The ATT-trained competitor is also coming off a loss in his previous pairing, a decision to Dave Branch, after going 2-0 in the UFC after a run on TUF 7.
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