Matt Brown will get to compete in his home state for the first time since 2014. Brown (23-18 MMA, 16-12 UFC) meets Bryan Barberena (16-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC) at a March 26 UFC Fight Night event at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The event will air on ESPN. A person with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the booking with MMA Junkie following an initial report by MMA Ideas . The booking has yet to be officially announced by the promotion. Brown and Barberena originally were scheduled to face off at UFC on ESPN 31 in December, but Brown was forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19 .

UFC’s Matt Brown says he’s ‘totally fine’ after COVID-19 bout, ‘never felt it necessary’ to get vaccinated

November 26, 2021

Matt Brown announces positive COVID-19 test, removal from UFC on ESPN 31

November 23, 2021

Matt Brown announces positive COVID-19 test, removal from UFC on ESPN 31

November 23, 2021

DWCS 40 winner AJ Dobson wanted to ‘throw caution to the wind’ to deliver an exciting fight

September 22, 2021

Matt Brown gets next UFC assignment, meets Bryan Barberena in December

September 21, 2021

Tim Means pitches his name for Nick Diaz fight, would love Matt Brown rematch, too

June 30, 2021

Matt Brown: Tying UFC knockout record is great, but ‘I still got big things to do’

June 22, 2021

5 biggest takeaways from UFC on ESPN 25: ‘The Korean Zombie’ shows a new side, and that’s OK

June 20, 2021

After big knockout win at UFC on ESPN 25, Matt Brown down to fight Nick Diaz or Nate Diaz next

June 20, 2021

UFC on ESPN 25 results: Matt Brown faceplants Dhiego Lima with brutal one-punch KO

June 19, 2021

UFC on ESPN 25: Matt Brown knows end is coming, but not ready to let go of ‘greatest feeling in the world’

June 16, 2021

Dhiego Lima ready for Matt Brown: ‘He’ll bring the heat, but I’m not backing down’

June 15, 2021

Matt Brown vs. Dhiego Lima set for UFC’s June 19 event

March 2, 2021

Matt Brown opts against retirement after UFC on ABC 1 loss: ‘I have a lot more in me’

January 30, 2021

Matt Brown rips ‘ridiculous’ scoring in decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC on ABC 1

January 17, 2021

Twitter reacts to Carlos Condit’s win over Matt Brown to close contract at UFC on ABC 1

January 16, 2021

UFC on ABC 1 results: Carlos Condit outworks Matt Brown en route to unanimous win

January 16, 2021

UFC on ABC 1 weigh-in results: All 22 fighters on point without issue

January 15, 2021

UFC on ABC 1 weigh-in results and live video stream

January 15, 2021

UFC on ABC 1 weigh-in results and live video stream (4 a.m. ET)

January 15, 2021
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