Matt Brown Returns Against Ben Saunders at UFC 245

UFC Norfolk Matt Brown
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‘The Immortal’ Matt Brown fights on, as he returns against Ben Saunders at UFC 245 this December.

Watching Matt Brown at times was akin to watching a hammer smash a nail. Brown’s opponents, in this case, being the rather unlucky nail. Now, after a two-year sabbatical, Brown is set to return in December at UFC 245, where he’ll take on the rugged Ben Saunders.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal was first to report the news Friday.

If you’re a long-time UFC fan, you likely have fond memories of ‘The Immortal’ Matt Brown. Brown (21–16) entered the UFC by way of The Ultimate Fighter 7: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest. While he fell short of winning the show, he defeated Matt Arroyo at the finale (the pair had actually met once previously, prior to the UFC, with Brown winning that showdown as well), and embarked on a decade-long run in the promotion.

While out of action the past couple of years, Brown never officially retired following his last fight, a knockout — via his patented elbows — of Diego Sanchez. The win had snapped a three-fight skid. Overall, Brown holds wins over Sanchez, Erick Silva, Tim Means, Jordan Mein, Mike Swick, Stephen Thompson, John ‘Doomsday’ Howard, Pete Sell, and others.

Brown had been expected to return to action against Carlos Condit last year, but a torn ACL forced him out of action.

Against Saunders (22-12-2), Brown gets an opponent with his back to the wall. Saunders has lost three straight, having been finished in all three fights. Most recently, he suffered a TKO defeat at the hands of Takashi Sato in April at UFC Fort Lauderdale.

UFC 245 takes place December 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. A title fight between Amanda Nunes and Germaine de Randamie at bantamweight also features on the card.


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