Brown (16-11) has been surging as of late. The TUF veteran has seemed to hit a career renaissance that has seen him take home four consecutive wins. “The Immortal” most recently capped wins over Chris Cope, Stephen Thompson, and Luis Ramos with a brutal knockout over Mike Swick at UFC on Fox 5 in December.
Hardy (25-10) comes into the bout with back-to-back victories. The former title challenger most recently outpointed Amir Sadollah in front of his home crowd in Nottingham, a win which came on the heels of a knockout victory over Duane Ludwig at UFC 146.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported the news. UFC on Fox 7 is headlined by a lightweight title unification bout that pits Benson Henderson against Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez.