After his rapid destruction of Mike Pyle, Matt “The Immortal” Brown (18-11) jumped into the UFC’s top ten ranked welterweights. On Thursday afternooon, UFC President Dana White confirmed to FOXSports.com that Brown will meet former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine (14-3) in the Octagon in December.
No exact date has been set as of yet.
Saffiedine is the winner of four straight, but has yet to make his UFC debut. In January this year, he defeated Nate Marquardt to become the last Strikeforce welterweight champion before the promotion folded. “Sponge” was expected to make his promotional debut against Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 8, but withdrew due to injury.
At UFC Fight Night 26 last week, Brown halted Pyle’s 4-fight win streak with a 29 second knockout. Brown has won six straight contests and has earned stoppages in five of those wins. Many were speculating that Brown, who was in the audience as a spectator at UFC Fight Night 27, would fight the winner of Martin Kampmann vs. Carlos Condit.
White did not confirm which event Brown vs. Saffiedine would be scheduled for, but there are plenty of possible candidates. UFC on FOX 9 is planned for December 14, a Fight Night is in the works to take place in Australia on Dec. 19, and UFC 168 is scheduled for Dec. 28. The organization added that no date has been set yet as it is contingent upon Saffiedine’s return from injury.