Those who have been waiting for who and when “The Immortal” will fight next can rest easy.

Earlier today, it was revealed the UFC was targeting a main event between No. 5 welterweight Matt “The Immortal” Brown and The Ultimate Fighter 17-winner Kelvin Gastelum at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Finale in Monterrey, Mexico on Nov. 21.  The news came from an undisclosed source inside one of the fighter’s camps.

Brown (20-13) most recently finished Tim Means by submission in the first round of the marquee preliminary fight for UFC 189 earlier this month. Before that he dropped two straight to current and former champions Robbie Lawler, and Johny Hendricks in title-eliminators after going on an unprecedented seven-fight win streak which included six-finishes by (T)KO. It was thought a long awaited matchup with No. 4 Carlos Condit would be on the horizon.

Gastelum (11-1), who is currently ranked No. 15 at 170-lbs, last fought at middleweight and defeated longtime UFC veteran and former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nate Marquardt by corner stoppage. The move back to 185-lbs was directed by Dana White after Gastelum had twice failed to make the welterweight limit. His only loss is to No. 3 Tyron Woodley at UFC 183 last January, where he dropped a split-decison and missed weight by an astonishing five-pounds.

A win for Brown will solidify his position in the top-five of the division, and place him closer to getting another title-eliminator fight, possibly against No. 2 Rory MacDonald or No. 6 Demian Maia, while a win for Gastelum will propel him back into the top-10 and earn another big name fight, where he was prior to his short stint back at middleweight.

This will be Brown’s third televised five-round main event fight, and Gastelum’s first. Brown is currently 1-1 in five-round fights, with a third-round TKO win over Erik Silva in May of 2014 that earned both Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night honors, and a close unanimous decision loss to current UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler in July of last year.

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