After three consecutive weeks featuring major UFC events, the dust has begun to settle and UFC rankings have been published. While there were not a whole lot of surprises in the new rankings, one UFC fighter has an absolute right to complain.
Despite his fifth consecutive victory, Matt Brown failed to crack the top 10 in the welterweight rankings.
Brown is coming off a second round technical knockout victory over Jordan Mein at UFC on Fox 7. Not only did Brown win “Fight of the Night” for his dynamic performance, the victory over Mein marks his fifth consecutive UFC win overall.
Not only does Brown continue winning, he has finished four of his last five opponents. Brown now holds the UFC record for most career knockouts by a welterweight. That kind of dominance deserves immediate recognition in the UFC rankings.
After his victory over Mein, Brown spoke to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting about his standing in the welterweight division.
“When you look at the stats, you don’t see too many guys get [this] far without getting a top 10, you know, title contention fight,” Brown said. “Hopefully, you know, I get something along those lines.”
If the rankings carry any weight, however, Brown is nowhere near fighting for the welterweight title and will likely be resigned to fight whomever the UFC puts in front of him.
When asked if he wanted to fight any specific contender, Brown indicated he had no preference.
“It’s about who [the UFC] asks me to fight,” Brown said. “You don’t even have to tell me the name. They just need to say to show up this day and at this weight and be ready to go, and I’ll be ready.”
The UFC rankings are definitely a work in progress, but there is no excuse for leaving Brown out of the list of contenders.