A new intriguing match-up in the stacked welterweight division has been announced, with Erick Silva hoping to get a second win a row for the first time inside the Octagon by defeating the revitalised six-in-a-row Matt Brown. Silva rebounded from a loss to Dong Hyun-Kim with a brutal and quick knockout over newcomer Takenori Sato, and in the process showed that he is ready, once again, for a step up in competition. He has just that in the well-rounded American, Matt Brown.
Silva has showed flashes of potential during his UFC run but also showed his inexperience in losses to the aforementioned Kim and former title contender Jon Fitch. However, when Silva has been victorious inside the Octagon, he has done so in brutal fashion and did just that against Takenori Sato in his most recent performance. Now, Silva will look to establish himself as a top 10 welterweight with a win over highly touted Matt Brown.
Brown is one of the biggest comeback stories in recent UFC history, after losing four in five against mid-level fighters, Brown has racked up six wins in a row including impressive knockouts over Mike Pyle, Mike Swick and Jordan Mein. He also outclass Stephen Thompson who, like Pyle, impressed at the recent UFC 170 card, adding to the reputation of The Immortal’s recent rejuvenation.
Now ranked #7 in the talent rich welterweight division, a win over Erick Silva could be enough to push Brown into the top five of the division and a number 1 contender fight. A win for Silva also be massive, after setbacks have halted the progress of the Brazilian, a win over a seasoned veteran on a huge run will be enough to prove he is ready for the top ranked fighters. Inexperience has been the issue for Silva, and this is something Brown will look to exploit in the same way as his recent wins over Mein and Thompson. One thing is for sure, this will be one heck of a battle.
The UFC Fight Night: Cincinnati card will be held at the US Bank Arena on May 10.