UFC Announces Huge Fight for June As Matt Brown Returns to Action

Published 03/02/2021, 1:56 AM EST


The UFC has announced the return of Matt Brown to action later this year. ‘The Immortal’ is set to fight Dhiego Lima in a UFC Fight Night card in June. Notably, Lima fought Belal Muhammad last month and dropped a decision in the welterweight clash.

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‘The Immortal,’ on the other hand, is currently on a 2-fight losing streak against Miguel Baeza and Carlos Condit respectively. Brown was on a 2-fight finishing streak against Diego Sanchez and Ben Saunders prior to his loss against Baeza.

Further details and broadcasting news regarding the fight haven’t been announced yet.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Matt Brown punches Carlos Condit in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The 40-year-old veteran Brown was very upset about his loss against Condit in January. ‘The Immortal’ felt he was robbed in such a one-sided decision. The bout was scored 30-27 against him in the scorecard of all 3 judges.

That left Brown very upset as he controlled Condit on the ground for a fair portion of the fight and didn’t deserve to have all 3 rounds scored against him.

Lima, on the other hand, lost a decision against Belal Muhammad at UFC 258. He was on a 3-fight win streak prior to that. A knockout victory over Chad Laprise in December 2018 was his first win in the promotion.

Back-to-back split decisions over Court McGee and Luke Jumeau extended his winning streak to 3 before his loss to Muhammad. Lima made his UFC debut in July 2017 and lost by submission against Jesse Taylor.

A decision loss against Yushin Okami followed. But he managed to gather a 3-fight winning streak after that.

Is Matt Brown still relevant in the UFC welterweight division?

The UFC welterweight division is one of the most stacked divisions in the whole roster. The pool of talent is very deep in the 170lbs. ‘The Immortal’ might have problems keeping up with the elites of the division at the age of 40. However, he is still not just a pushover yet.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 15: Matt Brown poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 15, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

In his last fight against ‘The Natural Born Killer’, Brown looked sharp despite his loss. He was also called out by Dan Hardy recently as the latter is looking to make a comeback to the Octagon.

The duo was scheduled for a bout in 2013 but that was canceled due to Hardy’s health issues. Brown is still a big draw in these types of fights.

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How will ‘The Immortal’ fare against Dhiego Lima in June? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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