After John Howard reportedly declined an opportunity to take on rising welterweight prospect Anthony Johnson during a televised bout to take place at the live finale for the upcoming ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Brown has stepped up and accepted the matchup. learned of the potential matchup early Tuesday and received word later in the evening from multiple sources close to the fight that both Johnson and Brown had verbally consented to the fight. Bout agreements could be formally signed within the coming days. has also reported the Johnson vs. Brown matchup.

Brown, a former regional journeyman who earned his way into the UFC after a strong showing during the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, just recently improved his overall record in the UFC to 3-1 earlier this month at UFC 96.

Facing TUF 4 veteran Pete Sell, Brown was dominant in needing just one minute and 32 seconds to dispose of the native New York via TKO due to punches. According to many pundits, Brown’s reign of dominance over Sell should have been called to a stop much earlier in the fight.

Prior to Brown’s win over Sell, the Bowersville, Ohio native had submitted Ryan Thomas with an armbar at 0:57 of round 2 during a non-televised undercard bout at UFC 91 this past November.

Brown’s struggle to become a UFC contracted fighter was recently chronicled in a full-length feature on

For Brown’s opponent, Johnson, his rise through the UFC ranks has been relatively smooth. The Colorado native made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 10 in just his fourth pro fight. Johnson needed all of 10 seconds to knockout Chad Reiner.

Johnson then suffered a minor setback at UFC 76 against Rich Clementi when he was submitted in the second round by a rear naked choke. However, he bounced back at UFC Fight Night 13 last April with a stunning knockout over TUF 6 welterweight runner-up Tommy Speer in just 51 seconds.

Johnson most recently competed at UFC Fight Night 17, where he won his second consecutive bout following a TKO over former U.S. Marine Luigi Fioravanti at 4:39 of round 1.

The TUF 9 finale will be the culmination of the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter with which will pit eight fighters from the U.S. coached by Dan Henderson against eight fighters from the U.K. being led by Michael Bisping. Bisping and Henderson are scheduled to fight at UFC 100 on July 11.

In addition to the welterweight and lightweight finals being televised during the Spike TV broadcast, the event will be headlined by a lightweight matchup featuring former TUF winners Nate Diaz and Joe Stevenson going head-to-head. was also the first to report an undercard matchup between welterweights Brad Blackburn and Edgar Garcia.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Reports: Mirsad Bektic out vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas

  • a day ago

The TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas next month reportedly has taken a hit to the lineup with Mirsad Bektic out of his featherweight fight against Tatsuya Kawajiri. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader Fight Announced for UFC on Fox Newark Card

  • 24 days ago

Anthony Johnson will fight fellow light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader in the headline clash in the first UFC on Fox event of 2016 on Jan. 30. The five-round fight will take place at the Prudential read news >>

Light Heavyweights Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader Headline UFC on Fox 18 on Jan. 30

  • 24 days ago

Top-ranked light heavyweight Anthony Johnson (20-5) faces third ranked Ryan Bader (20-4) in the the UFC on Fox 18 main event in New Jersey on Jan. 30. read news >>

Anthony Johnson gets wish, meets Ryan Bader in UFC on FOX 18 headliner on Jan. 30

  • 24 days ago

Anthony Johnson campaigned hard for a matchup with fellow UFC light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader. His desire has come to fruition in the form of a five-round main event at UFC on FOX 18. Filed un read news >>

Neil Magny gets call to face Kelvin Gastelum in UFC Fight Night 78 main event

  • 25 days ago

With Matt Brown forced out of his UFC Fight Night 78 main event against Kelvin Gastelum due to injury, it will be Neil Magny stepping in as a late-notice replacement.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Melvin Blumer Making the Most of Opportunity, Headlines RFA 32

  • 25 days ago

Melvin Blumer is making the most of his opportunity, as he heads into Friday's RFA 32 headlining bout opposite Leandro Higo. read news >>

Matt Brown Injured, Out of UFC Fight Night 78 Headliner

  • 26 days ago

The UFC Fight Night 78 card received a major blow on Monday, as main eventer Matt Brown had to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. read news >>

TUF Latin America 2 - Episode 11 Preview

  • 26 days ago

It's down to the final two fights after a long season on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America this year, with Team Gastelum's Erick Montano set to face Team Escudero's Vernon Ramos this week, the read news >>

With Matt Brown officially out, UFC seeks replacement (but it won't be Tyron Woodley)

  • 26 days ago

Matt Brown is officially out of this month’s UFC Fight Night 78 headliner, and a replacement search is underway. But one notable has already taken his name off the list of candidates.Filed under: New read news >>

Matt Brown Withdraws from Fight with Kelvin Gastelum, Future of Bout Uncertain

  • 26 days ago

Matt Brown, citing an injury, has been forced to pull out of his November 21 main event bout with Kelvin Gastelum. The popular welterweight evidently injured his ankle while training, according to a read news >>