By Rick LaFitte @RickLaFitte on May 13, 2014
Matt Brown’s brutal stoppage of Erick Silva at Fight Night 40 has sparked a debate as to whether he deserves a title shot. The No. 6 ranked welterweight is now on a destructive seven-fight win streak. While there are some critical of the opposition faced during that red-hot stretch, Brown's entertainment value can't be denied. Here are, in my opinion, the top five Options for Brown's next appearance.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports
This would give Brown a chance for revenge and to continue his win streak against a fellow top-10 opponent. The No. 9 ranked Kim is a physically imposing fighter with tremendous grappling skills and has shown knockout power of late. Brown lost a very close split decision to “Stun Gun” back at UFC 88. The timing seems right for both of these talented fighters to do it again if that’s the route matchmakers take.
This seems to be the matchup that UFC President Dana White prefers. The No. 7 ranked Lombard is getting a serious push after just two wins in the 170-pound division after a mediocre stint as a middleweight. The 36-year-old has tremendous punching power and is immensely strong. Brown’s legendary chin would get quite a test against “Lightning” but his aggressive, relentless style would definitely push Lombard’s questionable gas tank.
The recent title challenger Lawler battles Ellenberger later this month in a key matchup at UFC 173. Both have explosive punching power and the winner of that pivotal clash would be an excellent next test for the surging Brown. Brown’s aggressive ways against either “Ruthless” or “The Juggernaut” could produce a future title challenger and would make for a fan-friendly affair.
Of all the options listed, this one is by far the biggest long shot. We can dare to dream though. Brown vs. Diaz would register high on the violence scale as both have shown unbreakable spirits during their respective careers. Obviously Diaz’s financial demands are a major hurdle and it’s hard to truly get a read on whether he actually even wants to fight. This matchup could serve as a legitimate title eliminator.
Most fight fans want action and guys who finish fights. So what's wrong with Brown vs. Hendricks? Brown is currently on the best run of any welterweight contender and is never involved in a dull fight. A matchup against the heavy-handed Hendricks would have the potential to be an explosive, savage battle. The champion showed plenty of heart and grit in surviving a tough battle against Lawler to win the title at UFC 171.
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