Certain fighters excite MMA fans, other fighters inspire other fighters. Matt Brown did both and then some at UFC Fight Night 40. In front of a home-state crowd, the 2-1 underdog faced Brazilian Erick Silva and slugged out the win in Round 3 by TKO.
The activity on Twitter solidified the theory that “The Immortal” Brown is a fighter’s fighter based on the thread of comments from fellow MMA competitors. Myles Jury loves Brown for delivering a “street fight’ every time while Brutal Johnny Bedford praised his “soccer kick” and quipped that it “must be an Ohio thing.” Women’s MMA phenom Sarah Kaufman called Round 1 “one of the best [rounds] I’ve ever witnessed … Brown gets out then lays a beating!!!” Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier contended that “The Immortal is the man!”
Other fighters who were moved to chime in on the Twitter feed were John Moraga, Derek Brunson, T.J. Grant, Tyron Woodley, Dominick Cruz, Sergio Pettis, Chris Camozzi, Chris Clements and many more. All were excited, praising the chin of both fighters, Brown’s otherworldly resolve and applying flagrant overuse of exclamation marks.
There is already a “Fight of the Year” buzz flying about across social media. In classic victorious welterweight fashion, Brown called out for a title shot in a move reminiscent of Johny Hendricks and Nick Diaz. Based on the reaction of his peers, this fighter’s fighter may be closer than ever to facing the champ and definitely should be ranked in the top 10. Whether UFC brass should grant him this wish will no doubt be a point of passionate debate. Perhaps they should determine their actions by simply conducting a poll of all UFC fighters. Yeah, right.