According to a report by Swedish news outlet Kimura.se, a welterweight matchup between Matt Brown and Tarec Saffiedine  will serve as the co-main event of an upcoming UFC in Stockholm in early 2015.

Brown (19-12), a veteran of the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, is coming off a Fight of the Night performance, where fans saw “The Immortal” drop decision loss to current number one contender Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on FOX 12 in July. This loss snapped Brown’s seven fight streak, which included five straight by way of knockout and two Fight of the Night bonuses. He will enter this bout with a 17 career stoppage victories and a UFC record of 12-6.

Saffiedine (15-4), the last Strikeforce welterweight champion, is coming off a third round TKO loss to Canadian superstar Rory MacDonald in the main event of UFC Fight Night 54 in October. This loss not only snapped Saffiedine’s five fight win streak but also marked the first time the Belgian kickboxer has ever been finished in a fight. Prior to this loss, the “Sponge” earned a unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut against Hyun Gyu Lim in the main event of UFC Fight Night 34 in January 2014. He will enter this bout five career submission victories.

According to the report, the event is expected to be held in Tele2 Arena, which just so happens to be the hometown of current UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson. With this in mind and with the news that Anthony Johnson’s suspension has officially been lifted, a main event matchup, with the winner earning the next title shot at 205-pounds, between these two men could make sense for this event.

 

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