UFC welterweight Matt Brown (19-13) will indeed throw down at UFC 189 on July 11. “The Immortal” has a new adversary in Tim Means (24-6-1) to trade leather with at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
UFC officials announced the showdown on Tuesday afternoon.
Originally, it was believed that Nate Diaz would confront Brown at the event. However, Diaz said he never signed on for that fight on social media. Brown later responded to the rumor, stating that he was without an opponent for the fight card.
Brown will look to halt a recent losing skid when he takes on Means. The 34-year-old Ohio native has back-to-back losses to Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks respectively. Prior to his recent setbacks, the no. 5 ranked welterweight had won seven straight fights.
“The Dirty Bird” will make a quick turnaround to collide with Brown. At UFC on FOX 15 on Apr. 18, Means earned a third round submission over George Sullivan. After going 2-2 in his first UFC stint, Means has become a force to be reckoned with in his second go around. After losing his first fight back in the Octagon to Neil Magny, Means rebounded and has emerged victorious in his last four outings.
Conor McGregor will look to take the UFC featherweight title from the reigning champ, Jose Aldo, in the main event of UFC 189 on July 11.