Zuffa Finalizes UFC 123 Lineup for Nov. 20

By Brian Knapp Nov 8, 2010
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 quarter-finalist Matt Brown (Pictured) will toe the line against Brian Foster in a preliminary welterweight matchup at UFC 123 “Rampage vs. Machida” on Nov. 20 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. UFC officials on Monday finalized an 11-fight lineup for the event, which will air live on pay-per-view.

Brown will enter the bout on a two-fight losing streak. The 29-year-old Xenia, Ohio, native last appeared at UFC 116 in July, when he submitted to a straight armbar from Chris Lytle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Brown trains under Matt Hume at AMC Pankration in Kirkland, Wash., and owns notable victories against Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight title contender Douglas Lima, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 winner James Wilks and Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Ryan Thomas.

Based at the HIT Squad camp, where he trains alongside UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes and former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler, Foster has never gone the distance in 19 professional appearances. The 26-year-old last fought at UFC Fight Night 22 in September, when he needed just 67 seconds to stop Forrest Petz on first-round punches at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Victories over Bellator veteran Steve Carl, Team Quest representative Nathan Coy, clinch-fighting connoisseur Kyle Baker and former World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight title contender Brock Larson anchor Foster’s resume.

A light heavyweight showdown between former champions Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida will headline UFC 123, along with the rubber match between Hughes and former two-division titleholder B.J. Penn.

UFC 123 “Rampage vs. Machida”
Saturday, Nov. 20
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, Mich.

Quinton Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida
B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes
Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Munoz
Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves
George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon
Brian Foster vs. Matt Brown
Tyson Griffin vs. Nik Lentz
Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch
Edson Mendes Jr. vs. Darren Elkins
Karo Parisyan vs. Dennis Hallman
Paul Kelly vs. T.J. O’Brien
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