He first has to get through former interim-welterweight champ Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 9, when the two collide in the co-main event on Dec. 14, 2013 in Sacramento, California. As far as Matt is concerned, should he best "The Natural Born Killer" in "Sac-Town," he should also replace him as the division's top contender.
"He's ranked number two, so if I beat him, I should be ranked number one, right? Or at least number two," said Brown during yesterday's (Oct. 3, 2013) UFC on FOX 9 press conference. "So, absolutely, no question about it (close to title shot). I think so, I don't know who else is in the division."
Indeed, a win over Condit could inch him closer to his long-desired shot at the strap. But, jumping from No. 10 all the way to the top spot seems like a stretch.
Regardless, when his time comes, Brown is ready to step up to the plate regardless if it's against "Rush" or "Bigg Rigg." In fact, he's more than willing to take them on at the same time.
"Both of them," he said without hesitation when asked who he preferred to fight. "I'll fight them both at once."