"I actually called Joe Silva today ... I called and I asked him for Renzo (Gracie) because he's coming and he needs a warm-up fight, so I was like I feel like I'd be a good warm-up fight. I've met Renzo a few times and I think he's one of the greatest guys in the world. I've trained at his gym a bunch of times. I've got absolutely nothing but respect for the guy. I think he's one of the greatest ever, but that's why I want to fight him. He's a legend and he needs a warm-up fight. I'd love to fight Matt Hughes (too), but he's not going to fight someone like me right now."
Surging UFC welterweight Matt Brown looks to further cement his status as a major player in the 170-pound division by proving himself against PRIDE veteran and jiu-jitsu master Renzo Gracie, who is expected to make his long-awaited UFC debut in early 2010. Would Brown become "Immortal" with a convincing win over the grappling guru? Or is the brash up-and-comer asking for an old-school beatdown?