Veteran welterweight Matt Brown will look to continue his remarkable run when he battles Erick Silva at UFC on FOX 40 this weekend in Cincinnati. It’s quite a high-profile return for “The Immortal” who gets to headline in his home state of Ohio against the talented Brazilian.
Brown finally gets back to business after being forced out of a major fight against Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 9 in December because of a herniated disc in his back. The No. 7 ranked welterweight has been on a path of destruction, finishing five of his last six opponents. His most recent effort was a 29-second demolition of Mike Pyle at Fight Night 26.
It’s almost hard to believe that at one stage of his UFC career Brown was on the chopping block and sitting with a mediocre career record of 12-11. Brown’s fortunes have turned around in a major way in the last couple of years. The Season 7 alum of The Ultimate Fighter has emerged as one of the most violent finishers in the 170-pound weight class with 16 of his 18 career wins having come by either knockout or submission. He has an aggressive, ferocious fighting style and his confidence level is at an all-time high. Brown also possesses a sturdy chin and has never been knocked out.
He’ll get a test in that department from the dangerous Silva who also has serious submission skills. Brown no doubt has increased motivation entering this contest, as despite his impressive win streak, he’s been installed as the underdog by the oddsmakers.
Silva is getting another push from the organization and hopes to make the most of this latest opportunity. He’s faltered in previous matchups against top-flight competition, having lost by decision to Jon Fitch and having been knocked cold by Dong Hyun Kim. Both of those setbacks happened on his home soil in Brazil. He’s yet to record back-to-back victories in the UFC.
“Indio” rebounded from the loss against Kim by blasting out Takenori Sato at Fight Night 36. The contest lasted a mere 52 seconds and earned Silva a Performance of the Night bonus. Silva has 13 finishes by way of knockout or submission in compiling a career mark of 16-4-1. It’s definitely time for the 29-year-old to make a statement if he wants to be considered a legitimate threat in the division.
This matchup has the makings of a fierce and savage battle. Both men are proven finishers, and the stakes are high entering this main event clash. Brown can emerge as a true title threat in the new welterweight landscape if he’s able to produce yet another emphatic finish.
In the meantime, Silva can finally live up to the hype and become a prominent player in the 170-pound division if he can notch the signature victory of his UFC career.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports