Previewing The Natural Born Killer vs. The Immortal

With two nicknames better suited for a 10th-century Viking war, former interim champ Carlos Condit and red hot Matt Brown are destined to rip each other apart come December at UFC on FOX 9.

Added to an already mega-stacked card featuring the likes of Anthony Pettis, Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald, Chad Mendes and Joe Lauzon, the welterweight bout should round things out nicely.

But as good as this fight is on paper, the action inside the Octagon should be even more satisfying to any fan willing to watch.

On one hand you have Condit, a former champion fighting his way back to the top following an impressive fourth-round finish over the formidable Martin Kampmann.

On the other hand you have Brown, a former mid-tier attraction finally living up to his potential on the back of six-straight victories including five finishes.

Now while some enthusiasts will point out the fact that Brown hasn't taken out a top 10 fighter, his recent run of success still mirrors perfection. He's looked downright unstoppable and has done everything he's needed to do in order to garner a high-profile bout with a guy like Condit.

Throughout his career Brown has dedicated his performances to going balls-to-the-wall. His ability to throw all inhibitions to the wind and go for gusto has really made him a fan favorite.

Unfortunately for "The Immortal," his challenger falls into the same category.

Condit may incorporate more calculation and precision on his feet, but that doesn't change the fact that he's one of the biggest gamers in the division. His knack for making any fight a bloody battle of attrition really displays his heart and will to win.

With all of that said, is Brown really in a position to extend his win streak and test the waters atop the welterweight crop heap?

From what we've seen over the past few years, why not?

You have to understand that Brown isn't just winning. He's practically decapitating his opponents. And he isn't just doing it against low-tier competition. Brown has finished some key names in the division who were riding their own unheralded momentum, like Mike Pyle and Jordan Mein.

Now while those names don't come close in mirroring Condit's elite status as a bona fide beast inside the cage, you have to start somewhere and that's exactly what Brown is doing.

For this fight, attacking early is truly going to help Brown set the tone. He's done it in the past and look at the benefits he's currently reaping.

It isn't going to be as easy as it's been before, but if Brown doesn't make it a brawl out of the gate, Condit's perfected ability to find angles and utilize his range could spell disaster for the underdog.

Look for both guys to come out swinging and do everything they can to avoid the ground. It's going to be one of the most entertaining fights of the year and one that could redefine the welterweight title scene.

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