In front of a hometown crowd of over 6,000 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, hometown favourite Matt Brown put on a fight of the year performance defeating Erick Silva via 3rd round TKO. The win did not come without resiliency, as Brown showed his toughness time and time again, recovering from an early body kick to the stomach by Erick Silva that dropped him to the mat.
In the end, Matt Brown took complete control of the fight, as he unleashed an abundance of flurries, including elbows, punches, kicks, that remained unanswered by Silva. Matt Brown’s hand was raised for a 7th consecutive time in the octagon, after he finally put the ultra tough Silva away with ground and pound in the 3rd.
Matt Brown praised his opponent Erick Silva post-fight for his toughness and overall performance, “Can’t say nothing but good things about him, that was a pretty amazing performance on his part too,” Brown said. “At least in terms of being able to catch me cold and put me down and then be able to withstand more punishment than anybody else has withstood from me before.”
The fight prompted UFC president Dana White to proclaim Cincinnati now, Matt Brown’s town.
“As far Matt Brown goes, I think a lot of people in this town–this is like Rich Franklin’s town. It’s Matt Brown’s town now. I think he became a huge star in Cincinnati tonight,” White said.
While the humble Matt Brown was unable to put into words the comments made by Dana White.
“I remember the first time I met Rich Franklin, I was scared to even talk to him. For something like that to be said is, I can’t even describe it with words at all. It just means so much to me,” said Brown.
The win, Brown’s 7th straight in the welterweight division, also earned him fight of the night and performance of the night bonuses—a total of $100,000. But it wasn’t enough for the title shot that Brown pleaded for post-fight in the cage.
“This fight definitely puts him in a spot now where we’ll give him one of those top contenders,” White said. “Matt was right in the fight that would’ve got him there, that Condit fight would have got him there.”
While Brown reiterated that his goal was to get the title fight against Johny Hendricks next, not a title shot.
“Let me make it clear, I’m not going to call it a title shot, I’m calling it a title fight because I’m not going to take a shot at it. I’m going to take the title when I get to fight for it,” Brown said.
Matt Brown also revealed post-fight that he had been battling back problems leading up to the fight—the same injury that forced him to pull out of a fight against Carlos Condit in December—and had to take a few weeks off from training camp to rehab.