Saturday, December 24, 2011
Brown, Cope agree to meet at UFC 143
By Franklin McNeil
Two more welterweight fights have been slated for UFC 143 on Feb. 4 in Las Vegas, the promotion announced on Thursday.
Veteran Matt Brown has verbally agreed to face Chris Cope, while Justin Edwards will tangle with Mike Stumpf. Each fight is expected to appear on the preliminary portion of UFC 143’s card.
All four fighters will look to rebound from recent losses, and each man’s performance could determine whether he remains on UFC’s roster.
Brown (12-11) has struggled to find any consistency in the past year. He has dropped four of his five most recent fights, including a second-round submission loss to Seth Baczynski on Nov. 19 at UFC 139.
Cope (5-2) was the victim of a first-round TKO to Che Mills on Nov. 5. He is 1-1 inside the Octagon.
Edwards (7-2) has come up short in two of his three UFC appearances. John Maguire bested him by unanimous decision on Nov. 5 in Birmingham, England, at UFC 138.
In his UFC debut on Sept. 17, Stumpf was submitted in the first round by TJ Waldburger. But Stumpf (11-3) took that fight just six days before the scheduled event.
Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz faces ex-WEC titleholder Carlos Condit in the UFC 143 main event. They will compete for the UFC interim 170-pound belt.
Former No. 1 welterweight contender Josh Koscheck will face hard-hitting Mike Pierce on the co-feature. UFC 143 will be held at Mandalay Bay Events Center.