Matt Brown missed out on a high-profile opportunity in December at UFC on FOX 9 against Carlos Condit when “The Immortal” was sidelined by a back injury, but the organization obviously hasn’t forgotten about him. The No. 7 ranked welterweight will headline a card for the first time in his Octagon career as he will battle Erick Silva in the main event of UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati. The May 10 matchup has the potential to produce plenty of mayhem with both competitors having demonstrated finishing abilities in the past. Both fighters are fresh off impressive knockout victories in their last appearances.
Brown’s surge up the welterweight ladder has been a remarkable example of how a fighter can overcome adversity and can salvage a career when times are tough. An impressive six-fight win streak has vaulted Brown from the ranks of average journeyman to legitimate title contender.
He has five finishes during this tremendous run including most recently a 29 second blitzing of veteran Mike Pyle at Fight Night 26. Brown is well aware that another victory will have him knocking on the door of a top five ranking and in the conversation for a future welterweight title shot. There’s no doubt the 33-year-old Ohio native will be pumped about the opportunity to fight in his home state.
As for Silva, the time is now for the 29-year-old Brazilian to show he’s capable of getting the job done against elite competition. While he has a solid 16-4-1 career record he has failed in his two prior step-up opportunities against Jon Fitch and Dong Hyun Kim.
Silva responded from a brutal knockout loss against the South Korean by taking care of business against Takenori Sato in just 52 seconds at Fight Night 36 in Brazil. It earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. Silva can make quite a statement if he’s able to derail Brown’s momentum and pull off the upset.
This contest should be an exciting, fan-friendly battle with a very strong chance of producing an emphatic finish. Brown and Silva have combined for 29 knockout or submission wins in their 34 total career victories. It’s a matchup with plenty at stake as the veteran Brown will be looking to continue his resurgence while Silva will look to finally show that he is ready for the big time.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports