UFC welterweight Matt Brown (19-11), currently ranked #7 in the division, scored an impressive TKO victory over Erick Silva (16-5-1) in the third round at UFC Fight Night on Saturday.
Brown was dropped and almost caught in a submission in the first round, but showed perseverance to come back and finish the Brazilian who was sent to the hospital following fight and was observed for a concussion and broken jaw, which his manager said came back negative.
The win gave Brown his seventh straight, with media and fans wondering who he should fight next. One name that came up as a “superfight” was Nick Diaz.
Let’s break it down:
1. Brown has lost 11 times! Outside of Chris Lytle and Dong Hyun Kim, most people wouldn’t know who he lost to.
2. None of the past seven victories came against anyone in the top 10.
3. Yes, people know “The Immortal,” but he’s not a household name like Diaz, thus not making this a “superfight.”
It’s funny when media and fans start rushing to call out names for fighters to fight, when, if they did some research and looked at stats and opponents, half of the work is done for them.
The perfect fight for Brown would be against Hector Lombard, who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jake Shields. Another fight that would be interesting would be Brown versus the winner of Rory MacDondald and Tyron Woodley.
I think Brown is in the midst of a good career, but I don’t think he’ll be able to get it done against elite, and don’t think he’ll be a “big league” fighter; nonetheless, it’s exciting to watch him fight.
Results from the main card:
Costas Philippou KO Lorenz Larkin
Darren Cruickshank TKO Eric Koch
Neal Magny Dec. Tim Means
Soa Palelei KO Ruan Potts
Chris Cariaso Dec. Louis Smolka
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