UFC Fight Night 40 in Ohio on May 10th will be headlined by hometown hero Matt Brown who’ll face off against Brazilian star Erick Silva.
Brown has become one of the UFC’s most surprising success stories over the course of the past couple of years, going from seemingly being on the brink of being cut from the promotion after losing four out of his last five fights to stringing together an impressive six fight winning streak in the welterweight division.
With five of those six wins coming by way of either TKO or KO, including a ‘Knockout of The Night’ and ‘Fight Of The night’ award in his last two outings he’s marked himself out as an entertaining fight finisher and climbed up to No.7 in the division along the way.
Now he’ll face Silva who got a ton of potential, yet so far has produced a patchy record in the UFC, going 4-3 overall.
A knockout win over Takenori Soto in just 52 seconds in Brazil a few weeks ago continued his tradition of winning all his UFC fights in the first round and a victory over Brown would suggest that he may finally be ready to live up to the hype.
This looks like a very entertaining fight on paper, though from Brown’s perspective, if he is serious about his desire to fight for the title then he must surely be a little disappointed that yet again he’s facing someone who’s not currently ranked in the Top 10.