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UFC Boss Impressed With Matt Brown, Has Hector Lombard In Mind Next

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UFC president Dana White didn’t sound to ready to proclaim Matt Brown the No. 1 contender to the welterweight title. Brown earned his seventh consecutive victory – and fifth straight finish – Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 40 when he defeated Erick Silva.

However, with the division currently locked up as champion Johny Hendricks recovers from surgery, the UFC still needs to see how things play out. Contenders Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley are scheduled to meet later this year, and several others have laid claim to the next contender line.

“I was just talking to him about that,” said White, during a post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1, when asked who Brown might fight next. “I told him, ‘Let me get home and figure it out.’ He’s not there yet because he was injured. We’re going to give him something big, maybe Hector Lombard is next.”

Last December, Brown was scheduled to face former interim champion Carlos Condit before a back injury scrapped the contest. Lombard is coming off a victory over Jake Shields earlier this year and is a former Bellator champion.

One fighter Brown likely doesn’t have to worry about stepping inside the Octagon against is Nick Diaz. Despite a large push on social media platforms for Brown-Diaz, the boss doesn’t see it happening.

“There’s no sign of Diaz,” he said. “Until they call me, both are not fighting. Nate will come back before Nick. Nick is still saying he’s retired.”

But all that is for the future. On this night, White was left in awe by the performance Brown and Silva put on inside his Octagon. Brown recovered from nearly being finished in the first to put the Brazilian away in the third.

“That was one of the best first rounds I’ve ever seen,” he said. “Brown ate those body shots like a champ. Those were brutal. The kid is becoming a big star, but he’s a huge star in Cincinnati (Saturday).”

  • Screenplaya says:

    Ugh. Seven consecutive wins and no title shot? Ridiculous. It is clear that Brown deserves the shot as soon as Hendricks is healthy. I think it is clear that Uncle Dana doesn’t want Brown to hold the title, but I am not at all sure why that is.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I completly disagree Screenplayer, I feel like Brown really needs just 1 signature top 10 win to get a title shot. and by that I mean anybody in the top ten even if they are below him. I think Brown is a great fighter and while it is true guys in this division have obtained title shots with less I belive his next win gets Brown in there with the champ.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Hope its not Lombard though, there are way more winnable matches at ww for him, but I think damn near everyone else in the top 10 has fights scheduled. I’d love to see a Dong rematch, so close last time, and Matt has improved a lot, plus Dong turning into Kirean Zombie mark 2 for his last fight could make it huge fun


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