Matt “The Immortal” Brown is an enigma in the world of MMA.

After an okay stint on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, Brown was given the opportunity to compete in the UFC even though he didn’t make it past the semifinals on the show. Through his first 10 fights with the promotion, Brown had gone a mundane 5-5 to bring his overall record to an underwhelming 12-11.

Heading into 2012, Brown was fighting to save his career. Before UFC 143, he was just 1-4 in his last five fights. He was hanging on to his job by a thread. Then it all just seemed to come together for him. Fast forward two years and seven fights, and Brown is 7-0 with six finishes and four “Fight Night” bonuses.

Now, Brown is knocking on the door of title contention. However, there are still a lot of doubters who question the true value of his winning streak. The most notable of these critics is welterweight contender and former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard.

On May 20, Lombard took to Twitter to voice his opinion of Brown’s winning streak: “Never fought a Former Champion or a top 10 guy and getting all the hype not impress by you @IamTheImmortal @ufc.”

Lombard really does make a great point. Although Brown’s seven-fight winning streak is an impressive feat, he hasn’t exactly beaten a who’s who of MMA elite. Granted, Brown isn’t in a place to hand pick opponents or make outrageous requests, but it does leave the door of doubt open.

This is exactly why the UFC needs to match up Lombard and Brown in a fight. Brown must compete against an elite opponent before he can be taken seriously as a title contender, and Lombard is sitting out there looking for another test to strengthen his own title bid.

There are rumors swirling that Lombard will face Dong Hyun Kim at the upcoming UFC Fight Night in Macau, China, but there have been no official announcements by the UFC concerning that bout. Even though Kim is riding his own impressive four-fight winning streak and has become a much more entertaining fighter, no one wants to see that fight. Fight fans want to see Brown tested, and Lombard is the perfect fighter to push Brown to the limit.

In addition, a Brown vs. Lombard fight has all the makings to be an absolute show stopper and a potential “Fight of the Year” candidate. Lombard is a viciously powerful striker and former Olympic judoka, and Brown is a well-rounded zombie who will take incredible amounts of punishment and just keep pushing forward.

A fight between the two men has a ton of potential to be a game changer. It makes a lot of sense for the UFC welterweight division, as well, and thus makes it a win-win situation for the fighters and the UFC, not to mention the fans.

With welterweight champion Johny Hendricks still recovering from a torn bicep and so many worthy challengers jockeying for position in the division, the UFC has a great opportunity to let it all play out in the cage. Already, Jake Ellenberger is set to face Robbie Lawler at UFC 173 and Tyron Woodley will meet Rory MacDonald at UFC 174, so that just leaves Lombard and Brown without match-ups.

In a perfect world, the winner of the fight featuring Woodley and MacDonald would get the next shot at the title in October. Meanwhile, the winner of Ellenberger/Lawler could take on the winner of a Lombard/Brown match-up. The winner of that fight would then get the next title shot right around the time of the UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend show.

Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

About The Author

RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.

  • AceWildCard

    Couldn’t have said it better myself :)