UFC president Dana White was a recent guest on "UFC Tonight" to talk about the upcoming UFC Fight Night 40. Here are a few comments from the interview below:
"Matt is ranked No. 7 and has been looking for respect for forever now," White said. "The guy has destroyed everybody he's fought. He feels like he's been disrespected for so long. He's done so much and should have an opportunity to fight for the title soon.
"Erick, who's ranked 14th; I think there's no way he's 14th. In Vegas, the odds have Erick as a favorite. It's driving Matt Brown crazy. He says he's going to knock him out, like everyone else, and is going to finally get his respect."
In the co-main, Lorenz Larkin takes on Costas Philippou. Both fighters are coming off losses, but each hold notable wins. Larkin defeated Robbie Lawler in Strikeforce, while Philippou has topped Tim Boetsch inside the Octagon.
"Larkin is a tough guy. He's been around a long time and he's another guy, with a great performance, could earn some respect," White said. "I think this is going to be an absolute stand-up war and somebody is getting knocked out."
White also pointed to a main card bout between Erik Koch and Daron Cruickshank, saying "I think that fight will be an absolute war."