Green vs. Haqparast Set For UFC 271, Brown vs. Barberena Rebooked For Columbus

Two fights including UFC veterans have been added to the upcoming schedule of events with live crowds.

Brown Rebooked Against Barberena Re-Booked For Hometown Event

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Matt Brown’s previously attempted fight agains…

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Two fights including UFC veterans have been added to the upcoming schedule of events with live crowds.

Brown Rebooked Against Barberena Re-Booked For Hometown Event

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Matt Brown’s previously attempted fight against Bryan Barberena is back on the schedule, and it is set to happen in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, USA. The matchup is set to happen on March 26th, per Damon Martin of MMA Fighting.

Brown was previously booked to face Barberena on a December “Fight Night” card. That fight didn’t come to fruition, as a positive COVID-19 test forced Brown out of the lineup. They were still able to find Barberena an opponent for that event, as he beat UFC debutant Darian Weeks on scorecards.

Brown is riding the momentum of a finish win he earned against Dhiego Lima in June. The loss put him back to his winning ways for the first time since 2019. He entered the bout on a two-fight losing streak, including an early 2021 bout against fellow veteran Carlos Condit.

Green vs. Haqparast Scheduled For UFC 271

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The always-active Bobby Green will return for his first fight of the new year at UFC 271, facing Nasrat Haqparast in a lightweight bout. The matchup was first reported on Thursday by Walter Salcido.

Green finished his year on a high note in November, putting away Al Iaquinta in the first round with punches. This performance snapped a two-fight skid for the veteran, which included a tough three-round battle against the rising Rafael Fiziev.

Haqparast will be aiming to return to the win column in this fight. He lost his last fight on scorecards, going three rounds against Dan Hooker at UFC 266. Haqparast was on a strong two-fight winning streak before then, handing UFC newcomers Alex Munoz and Rafa Garcia both their first loss.

Do you have a prediction for Green vs. Haqparast and/or Brown vs. Barberena?

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Matt Brown Open To UFC Homecoming In Ohio Vs. Kevin Holland

UFC veteran Matt Brown wants to fight in front of his hometown fans on the upcoming Columbus, OH card and is open to a matchup with Kevin Holland.

Brown was originally slated to face Bryan Barberena on one of the final UFC cards of 2021 but pulled …

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UFC veteran Matt Brown wants to fight in front of his hometown fans on the upcoming Columbus, OH card and is open to a matchup with Kevin Holland.

Brown was originally slated to face Bryan Barberena on one of the final UFC cards of 2021 but pulled out after testing positive for COVID-19. While he didn’t experience any severe symptoms, he was sick enough to the point where fighting wasn’t a realistic option.

Brown is now fully recovered from the virus and is planning on his return to the Octagon. The 40-year-old Brown is looking to earn a second-straight win after knocking out Dhiego Lima earlier this year.

Brown wants to check another item off his bucket list by fighting on the upcoming Fight Night card on March 26 in Columbus. During a recent interview with MMA Fighting, he tabbed Holland as a potential opponent for his return.

“[Kevin] Holland is a tough guy with a good name,” Brown said. “That would be a great fight or anybody else. I’m not really too picky. I don’t really pick and choose. I say put a guy in the cage with me and tell me where to be and I’ll be there.

“If he wants to fight, we’ll fight. If they give me the call, I’m down. Let’s make it happen, Columbus, March 26. Let’s go.”

Kevin Holland Responds To Matt Brown’s Callout

After mixed results at middleweight, Holland has turned his attention to a cut down to welterweight for the foreseeable future. He most recently competed against Kyle Daukaus in October in a fight that was controversially ruled a no-contest after a head clash.

Holland heard about Brown’s comments and conveyed his interest in the possible matchup.

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“I was thinking February 5th,” Holland said in an Instagram post. “Two big mouths on one card. Definitely a respectful callout, OG.”

Holland and Brown are both appearing to be chomping at the bit for a return to the Octagon. With the two fan-favorites currently unbooked, there does not seem to be anything standing in the way from this fight becoming a reality.

What do you think about a possible Matt Brown vs. Kevin Holland fight?

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Matt Brown to Make UFC Return Against Fan Favorite Bryan Barberena

Matt Brown Bryan BarbarenaAn exciting matchup for the fans between UFC brawler Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena is set to take make during a UFC Fight Night event on Dec. 4, as first reported by MMA journalist Marcel Dorff. The venue hasn’t been selected yet, but it’s expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, […]

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An exciting matchup for the fans between UFC brawler Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena is set to take make during a UFC Fight Night event on Dec. 4, as first reported by MMA journalist Marcel Dorff. The venue hasn’t been selected yet, but it’s expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, as most Fight Nights have during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brown is coming off of a knockout win over Dhiego Lima at UFC Vegas 29, earning a one-punch finish in the second round. He’s competed against some of the best fighters in the UFC’s welterweight division and is still going strong at 40 years old.

Barberena has lost three of his last four but remains one of the toughest outs in the division. He most recently lost to Jason Witt by majority decision in July and is looking to get back on track in the welterweight picture.

Brown first made his run to the UFC after defeating Matt Arroyo on The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale back in 2008. He followed it up with a string of wins and losses but holds wins over former title challenger Stephen Thompson and UFC legend Diego Sanchez.

Brown faces Barberena, a fan favorite in many eyes of UFC fans. Both fighters come forward with an exciting style that could potentially be an early contender for Fight of the Night.

Along with Brown vs. Barberena, the UFC Fight Night card will also feature a massive light heavyweight bout between rising stars Jamahal Hill and Jimmy Crute. Both are coming off of tough losses at UFC 261 and are looking to end 2021 on a high note.

Both Brown and Barberena desperately need a win for their UFC records and enter December with a lot on the line.

What are your thoughts on Matt Brown vs. Bryan Barberena?

Matt Brown Tests Positive For COVID, Out Of Bout Against Barberena

Matt Brown is out of his December 4 bout against Brian Barberena after testing positive for COVID-19.

In September, it was announced that Matt Brown would be facing Brian Barberena in an exciting clash between two UFC veterans. Unfortunately, Brown…

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Matt Brown is out of his December 4 bout against Brian Barberena after testing positive for COVID-19.

In September, it was announced that Matt Brown would be facing Brian Barberena in an exciting clash between two UFC veterans. Unfortunately, Brown revealed Tuesday that it is not to be after contracting COVID-19.

“Shitty day today I tested positive for covid so my fight next weekend is off.”

Brown would then provide some extra details about his health status in light of the positive COVID test.

“I was sick af over the weekend but feel better for the most part now. Lost smell today. Did a jog outside today and lungs burned some I thought maybe it was just the cold air but maybe I’m still sick. I’ll get over it quickly and go from there.”

Brown was last seen in the Octagon against Dhiego Lima in June. The 170-pound legend turned back the clock in the second round and uncorked a blistering right hook to finish the contest. In his last fight, Brown demonstrated why his power has carried him through such an illustrious career at the highest level. Prior to that, questions of his age were beginning to surface after losing back-to-back fights against Miguel Baeza, and the recently retired Carlos Condit.

There currently is no word on if the UFC will seek to find a replacement opponent for Barberena or if this fight will be rescheduled.

With Matt Brown vs. Bryan Barberena scrapped, here is an up-to-date lineup for the UFC event on Dec. 4.

  • José Aldo vs. Rob Font
  • Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell
  • Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill
  • Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis
  • Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Mallory Martin
  • William Knight vs. Alonzo Menifield
  • Phillipe Lins vs. Azamat Murzakanov
  • Mickey Gall vs. Alex Morono
  • Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorvic
  • Manel Kape vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
  • Jake Matthews vs. Jeremiah Wells
  • Vince Morales vs. Louis Smolka
  • Mallory Martin vs. Montserrat Ruiz
  • Claudio Puelles vs. Chris Gruetzemacher

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Matt Brown Suggests He’s In His Prime After Brutal KO Win

UFC welterweight Matt Brown says that he’s only just hitting his prime following his vicious knockout win at UFC Vegas 29. Brown is a 28-fight UFC veteran and picked up his 16th win in the promotion last weekend against Dhiego Lima. After consecu…

UFC welterweight Matt Brown says that he’s only just hitting his prime following his vicious knockout win at UFC Vegas 29. Brown is a 28-fight UFC veteran and picked up his 16th win in the promotion last weekend against Dhiego Lima. After consecutive losses against Miguel Baeza and Carlos Condit, “The Immortal” opened Saturday’s main […]

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Matt Brown Would Love To Fight Nick Or Nate Diaz Next Following KO Win

BrownMatt Brown is down to fight either of the Diaz brothers. The welterweight veteran returned to the win column with a surprising knockout of Dhiego Lima on the main card of UFC Vegas 29 last night. At 40 years of age, Brown has no plans to stop fighting anytime soon and when quizzed about potential […]

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Matt Brown is down to fight either of the Diaz brothers.

The welterweight veteran returned to the win column with a surprising knockout of Dhiego Lima on the main card of UFC Vegas 29 last night.

At 40 years of age, Brown has no plans to stop fighting anytime soon and when quizzed about potential opponents, “The Immortal” was very open to a fight with Nate or Nick Diaz.

“I love the Diaz brothers, and of course it would be a big fight,” Brown said at the post-fight news conference (via MMA Junkie). “That’s one of them fights like, if I took it, it wouldn’t be because I dislike the Diazes or anything. I would take it because it’s a big fight and I respect them.”

While they would certainly be intriguing fights, they seem unlikely as well as the Diaz brothers seem to be only interested in fighting big names or fighters on long winning streaks.

Regardless, Brown just wants to fight — despite previous hints of retirement.

“I love fighting – that’s all there is to it,” Brown added. “I just love fighting. It’s just getting a camp together and putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. That just takes more time, so that’s what determines when I’m able to fight, not as much my desire – because my desire is there.

“I want to come in and do that to a lot of people, what I did tonight.”

Brown has won three of his last five outings overall.

Who should Brown face next?