If you were disappointed over the removal of Nate Diaz vs. Matt Brown from UFC 189 this July, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. While Brown won't be fighting Diaz, he will remain on the card, instead squaring off against the surging Tim Means. The fight announcement was made on Fox Sports 1's America's Pregame show.
Means (24-6-1) has been on a tear since returning to the UFC last May. After losing a decision to Neil Magny, "The Dirty BIrd" has rattled off 4 consecutive victories, including a quick stoppage of Dhiego Lima at UFC 184, followed by a 3rd round arm-triangle choke stoppage of George Sullivan at UFC on FOX 15 this past Saturday.
Brown (19-13) has lost his last two by decision against reigning champion Robbie Lawler and former champion Johny Hendricks. "The Immortal" rose towards the top of the welterweight ranks via a memorable 7 fight winning streak when he was previously on the verge of being cut. Brown was supposed to fight Diaz on this card, but Diaz said he never negotiated the bout and Matt later announced that the fight wasn't happening.
UFC 189 is, of course, headlined by a hotly anticipated featherweight championship fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. The co-main is a welterweight title clash between Robbie Lawler against familiar foe Rory MacDonald.