Less than a year ago, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight slugger Matt Brown was riding a seven-fight winning streak and oh-so-close to a division title shot. Fast-forward to May 2015 and "The Immortal" is now sitting in an 0-2 hole and settling for No. 5 in the 170-pound rankings.
That's why Brown (19-13) has his eyes on the winner of Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves. Beating "The Natural Born Killer" or "The Pitbull" -- depending on who wins the UFC Fight Night 67 main event -- could rocket the The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) grad right back into the welterweight title chase.
From the Great MMA Debate podcast (via FOX Sports):
"I'm hoping I get the winner of that fight. That's what I would like. An ideal situation, I beat (Tim) Means and I get the winner of that fight. I'm picking Condit to win, [but] saying that I'm picking Condit definitely isn't taking anything away from Alves because he could absolutely win this fight."
First things first.
Brown must first get past the venerable Tim Means (24-6-1) when they collide at the UFC 189: "Aldo vs. McGregor" pay-per-view (PPV) event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11, 2015 (more on that fight here).
At 34 years old, Brown may only have one more "run" left in the tank.
You like his chances?