‘Immortal’ performance screams title shot for Brown
Matt Brown (red gloves, bottom) fights Erick Silva (blue gloves) during a welterweight bout at US Bank Arena, May 10, 2014; Cincinnati, OH. (Photo: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports)
I don’t know how much more Matt Brown (19-11) has to do to get a UFC title shot. How many times does this guy need to win before the UFC starts respecting the man given the “Immortal” nickname?
In case you didn’t see it, Brown (19-11) and Erick Silva (16-5-1) put on quite the display at the UFC Fight Night 40 main event from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Many are calling it a candidate for fight of the year.
It appeared Silva had the upper hand in the first round when he dropped Brown to the canvas with a vicious body kick and followed it up with a barrage of punches. Some referees would have stopped the fight, but the experienced Herb Dean allowed it to continue as it appeared Brown was defending while holding onto Silva’s leg. Silva tried to sink in a rear naked choke, but Brown was able to slip out of his grasp — along with Brazilian’s best chance at victory.
In round three, Brown started throwing elbows and punches and eventually dropped Silva, following it up with a barrage of ground-and-pound blows that forced Dean to stop the fight at the 2:11 mark.
In front of his hometown and family and friends, Brown’s hand was raised and afterwards he called for a welterweight title shot. The problem is there already is a top-contender fight going on at UFC 174 in Vancouver between Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley. The winner is supposed to face a the injured Johny Hendricks later in the year.
Brown has now won seven fights in a row. He is one of the toughest guys in the business, but many believe that he is too mild mannered to be marketable, which I find ridiculous. Last Saturday night Brown’s talking was done in the cage and should be enough to give him what he justly deserves. It now puts the pressure squarely on the shoulders of MacDonald and Woodley to perform on June 14 in Vancouver.
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