Yesterday, it was announced that unbeaten German welterweight prospect Pascal “Panzer” Krauss had been forced to withdraw from his November-scheduled bout with John Hathaway with a shoulder injury. Today, MMAFighting.com revealed that Matt “The Immortal” Brown has stepped up to take on Hathaway in Krauss’ place.
A contestant on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, the 30-year-old Brown recently snapped a three-fight losing streak in the promotion — all three of those defeats came via second-round submission — by taking out John Howard via unanimous decision this past June. Brown has been a member of the UFC’s welterweight roster since 2008, when he defeated Matt Arroyo on The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale. Since that bout, the hard-nosed battler has gone an even 4-4 in the promotion; overall, Brown’s record sits at 12-10.
After putting together a record of 14-0, which included impressive UFC victories over Rick Story and Diego Sanchez, Hathaway saw his hype trail lose momentum when he was soundly defeated by Mike Pyle at UFC 120 last October. The 24-year-old Brit has since rebounded from that loss by taking out Kris McCray via split decision last March at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis. Hathaway’s record now stands at 15-1.
Brown and Hathaway will meet at UFC 138: Leben vs. Mu˜noz, which is scheduled for Nevember 5 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.