UFC on Fox 7 dance card continues to develop, as promotion
officials announced Tuesday that Dan Hardy will
square off with Matt Brown at
the April 20 event.
The welterweight contest becomes the third bout to join the card,
which takes place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The bill is
topped by a lightweight title conflict between reigning UFC king
Henderson and former Strikeforce titlist Gilbert
Melendez and will also feature a co-headlining heavyweight
showdown pitting Strikeforce grand prix winner Daniel
Cormier against ex-UFC champ Frank Mir.
Hardy, 30, has won back-to-back fights heading into his showdown
with Brown. The surge follows a four-fight skid for the
hard-punching Brit, who rebounded from the stretch by knocking out
veteran Duane Ludwig
to kick off 2012. Most recently, “The Outlaw” topped Amir
Sadollah on Sept. 29, outpointing “The Ultimate Fighter” Season
7 winner at UFC on Fuel TV 5.
Brown, meanwhile, has won his last four fights, most recently
knocking out Mike Swick to
close out 2012 at UFC on Fox 5. That triumph followed victories
over Chris Cope,
Thompson and Luis Ramos, as
“The Immortal” returned to his winning ways following a 1-4 stretch
from March 2010 to November 2011. Brown, 32, has stopped 14 of his
16 career victims and has never been knocked out in more than seven
years as a pro.