Matt Brown will attempt to get back on track at UFC 189. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
World-ranked welterweight Matt Brown has a new opponent for UFC 189 after a rumored matchup with Nate Diaz apparently fell through.
Brown will take on Tim Means at the July 11 event, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The matchup was announced during Tuesday’s episode of “America's Pregame” on Fox Sports 1.
Earlier this month, UFC officials revealed that Brown would square off against Diaz at UFC 189. Shortly thereafter, Diaz took to Twitter to shoot down the fight and later explained that UFC had announced the bout before contracts were in place.
Brown, 34, will instead try to snap a two-fight losing streak against Means. After rattling off seven straight wins between 2012 and 2014 -- six of them via knockout or technical knockout -- “The Immortal” has dropped back-to-back decisions to current 170-pound ruler Robbie Lawler and former champ Johny Hendricks.
Means, 31, comes fresh off a third-round submission of George Sullivan at last Saturday’s UFC on Fox 15. Since being outpointed by Neil Magny in his UFC debut, “The Dirty Bird” has won four in a row, two of those within the past two months.