With Georges St. Pierre, arguably the greatest fighter to ever compete in the UFC, not fighting as the welterweight champ anymore, the division is pretty wide open right now. First, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will go toe-to-toe for the vacant belt, but other than these two, the division could be ruled by anyone. This includes dominant strikers Matt Brown and Erick Silva.
Both will square off in a welterweight showdown, which takes place at the UFC Fight Night card in Cincinnati. For these two exciting fighters, a lot is on the line in this bout. Coming off a destruction over Mike Pyle, Brown is looking to prove he’s one of the best fighters in the division. He’s been able to turn his career around as of late, racking up six straight wins, something that is pretty hard to do in any division in the UFC.
He faces a stern test in Erick Silva, who can end the fight with both his feet and hands, but Brown seems like he’s ready to rise to the occasion of being a legitimate title contender, something many fans scoffed at about a year ago. Yes, Brown has his limitations, specifically with his grappling. He’s been prone to getting submitted and taken down, but these deficiencies have not been present in his most recent fights.
It seems like his hard work in terms of his takedown defense is paying off, which spells trouble for Silva if he’s not able to dictate things on the feet. A win over Silva would be huge for Brown’s career, and may even elevate him to being a top five fighter in the division.
In terms of a stylistic match up, this one favors Brown. Brown loves dragging fighters into his knockout, go-for-broke style of fighting. And, Silva has shown chin issues in the past, namely his fight with Dong Hyun Kim, and Brown is hoping to exploit these issues come fight time.