If there is one man an injury hit the hardest it’s Matt Brown. Once paired to fight top contender Carlos Condit, he now has to settle for second best this weekend with Erick Silva. No matter how impressively he defeats Silva this weekend, it will not earn him a title shot.
Brown, who is on an impressive six-fight win streak, could have very well been amongst the top contenders in the welterweight division had two herniated discs not prevented him from doing battle with Condit. If he had defeated the former interim champion or even held his own to a close decision, people would have been giving him the credit he is due.
A victory over the once highly-touted Silva will not gain Brown that respect. “Indio” is 3-2 in his past five fights with victories over Takenori Sato and Jason High. His two defeats came at the hands of Dong Hyun Kim and Jon Fitch. Silva is a fighter still trying to find his footing in the star-studded welterweight division.
Looking at the scenarios for Brown, there is only one that could benefit him in the long run. If he comes out Saturday and delivers a highlight reel knockout, his reward would most likely be a top eight guy (Kim, Hector Lombard or Demian Maia). Although all of the aforementioned fighters are no cake walk, none of them compare to fighting Condit, Rory MacDonald or Robbie Lawler. Those are the opponents Brown deserves to fight, even if they defeat him.
The other scenario has Brown winning by decision. Even if he can pick Silva apart for five rounds, he won’t get invited to the big dance (a fight against a top contender). The worst-case scenario is that Silva finds a way to defeat “The Immortal”. That would send Brown back into the dark abyss of the welterweight division.