Matt Brown is being forced to take the long road to a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship.
The Immortal has won six fights in a row, recording knockouts in five of those outings. Nonetheless, he finds himself competing against No. 14 contender Erick Silva on Saturday.
Silva has become recognized as one of the more promising fighters in the 170-pound class. However, with a 4-3 UFC record and no Top 15 wins, he wouldn't appear to be the ideal opponent for a streaking Brown right now.
Also on this weekend's fight card is middleweight contender Costas Philippou, who takes on Lorenz Larkin. Philippou has lost two in a row since emerging as a 185-pound title threat, so he'll need to get things turned around on Saturday in order to remain in the hunt for a shot at UFC gold.
The UFC Fight Night 40 weigh-ins will be held Friday at 4 p.m. ET. When the weigh-ins begin, live video will be available through the above stream.
Below is the entire fight card for UFC Fight Night 40, which will be held Saturday in Cincinnati.
UFC Fight Night 40 Main Card (10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1)
- Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva
- Costas Philippou vs. Lorenz Larkin
- Erik Koch vs. Daron Cruickshank
- Neil Magny vs. Tim Means
- Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts
- Chris Cariaso vs. Louis Smolka
UFC Fight Night 40 Prelims (8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 2)
- Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal
- Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrell Montague
- Yan Cabral vs. Zak Cummings
- Eddie Wineland vs. Johnny Eduardo
UFC Fight Night 40 Early Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
- Manny Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz
- Justin Salas vs. Ben Wall
- Anthony Lapsley vs. Albert Tumenov