A matchup between two ranked welterweight veterans is in the works to take place at the UFC’s end-of-the-year pay-per-view.
Matt “The Immortal” Brown and Tarec Saffiedine have verbally agreed to a matchup between themselves, according to FOX Sports, and the official bout agreements are reportedly being prepped and ready to be sent to the fighters in the coming days.
Despite both men being top-15 welterweights — Saffiedine as No. 13 and Brown as No. 14 — Brown and Saffiedine are both looking to get back on a winning path.
After going on a career-best seven-fight winning streak from 2012 to 2014, Brown has since gone 1-4 in his last five bouts.
His most recent win came against Tim Means at UFC 189, but followed that up with a one-sided submission loss to Demian Maia at UFC 198 and then was finished early in Round 1 when he came against Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201.
Saffiedine was the final Strikeforce welterweight champion, defeating Nate Marquardt at Strikeforce’s final event in January 2013.
He spent the rest of 2013 out on injury, but bounced back with a Fight of the Night victory over Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC Fight Night 34.
He then lost to Rory MacDonald in dominant fashion at UFC Fight Night 54 and spent 2015 out on injury.
Upoon his return, he faced Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 18 and won in a dominant unanimous decision, but then lost to Rick Story in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 88.
UFC 207 is a rare Friday UFC PPV event and is expected to host the return of Ronda Rousey who is set to challenge women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes in the main event.