Both men came in on losing streaks of two and three, respectively, meaning it was time to buck up or get to stepping out of the promotion.
It was Matt Brown that answered the call ... kind of. "Immortal" saved himself from the firing squad by bringing home a unanimous decision victory but didn't inspire confidence along the way.
It was tedious and mostly uneventful but a win is a win is a win -- his first since Nov. 2009.
Howard was uncharacteristically gun-shy, never fully committing to his strikes and looking drained and off his game for most of the fight.
All the meaningful offense during the bout belonged to Brown, which is the sole reason he was awarded the decision.
After three consecutive defeats in the loaded and ultra competitive welterweight division, Howard may finally be facing "Doomsday" thanks to another disappointing performance.
And while Brown saved himself for the time being, he certainly didn't do so with the sort of fervor and intensity that was expected of him.
How long will this new-found life last?