The bout is a rematch of a late-2006 meeting which Brown won via second-round TKO. The knockout defeat is the sole-loss of Arroyo’s career.
Brown, a seasoned veteran fighting out of Ohio, has won six of his last nine bouts, including his most recent victory over Troy Allison in February. He has notable losses to UFC veterans Chris Ligouri, Chris Lytle, and Pete Spratt. On The Ultimate Fighter 7, Brown defeated Jeremy May via first-round knockout in the opening round of the tournament but was submitted by Amir Sadollah in the quarterfinals.
Arroyo complied a 2-1 professional MMA record, his lone defeat at the hands of Brown, and was cast for The Ultimate Fighter 6. On the show, Arroyo defeated Dorian Price first and Troy Mandaloniz via first-round submissions and was set to face eventual winner Mac Danzig in the semifinals. However, Arroyo suffered a rib injury that forced him to withdraw from the bout and the competition. He returned to the UFC at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finae, defeating his replacement on the show, John Kolosci, via first-round submission.
The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale takes place on June 21st at The Pearl at The Palms Hotel and Casino. The event, which will air live on Spike TV, features a middleweight main event clash between former UFC champion Evan Tanner and The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove. Additional main card bouts include The Ultimate Fighter 7 middleweight tournament final, Diego Sanchez versus Luigi Fioravanti, and Spencer Fisher versus Jeremy Stephens.
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