Matt Brown on Erick Silva: 'Hype doesn't win fights'
MAY 09, 2014 2:15p ET
Matt Brown isn't the hardest fighter to read when he's talking before a fight.
There's usually a stoic look on his face as his eyes chase around the room to whichever reporter is asking him a question. Maybe the scariest thing about the UFC welterweight contender currently riding a six-fight win streak is the fact that he always appears as if he's ready to pounce.
One wrong move and Brown looks like he could uncoil a strike right then and there and send someone halfway across the room with a punch. But on Thursday after a brief workout in front of media, Brown answered a familiar question he's received quite often over the last week or so, but this time a smile crept across his face.
Not because the subject matter necessarily amused him as much as it chuckled at the prospect of what was being talked about at the time. Erick Silva -- currently 4-3 in the UFC without ever stringing so much as two wins together -- sitting as a two to one favorite heading into Saturday night.
“Every time I'm the underdog because they have all this hype behind them, but hype doesn't win fights. All that does is put more pressure on him”
"It doesn't make any sense at all," Brown said. "Even looking at it from a biased perspective, like I'm biased towards myself, but it just doesn't make any sense statistically or odds wise at all. I don't have any idea why they did that. Maybe the know something I don't."
Silva has been blistering in his UFC wins -- all of them coming in the first round by way of TKO or submission. His loss to Jon Fitch was actually a three round war, but still ultimately he came up short. In his fight with Dong Hyun Kim, Silva just get outworked and eventually put to sleep by the Korean welterweight.
So while there have been flashes of brilliance in his fights, Silva still hasn't beaten an established welterweight and the combined record of his opponents thus far in their UFC performances has been 6-11.
So is Silva benefitting from a lot of hype, but not so much from reality when it comes to the betting odds?
"If I had to guess I'd say yes (more hype than reality)," Brown told FOX Sports. "But I'm not stranger to fighting they hype trains, it's not my first one. Every time I'm the underdog because they have all this hype behind them, but hype doesn't win fights. All that does is put more pressure on him."
Brown also dispels any chatter about the hype surrounding his entry into this fight as well given his win streak and standing in the division. Before anyone could even really get into what seven wins in a row would mean or where this fight puts him in terms of title contention, Brown cut off the questions with his own reply.
The stoic look came back on his face as he shot down any questions about what comes next. Nothing comes next if he doesn't win on Saturday so life stops and starts for him when he steps into the cage with Erick Silva.
"My run that I've been on means nothing right now. Sunday morning I could be on a seven fight win streak or a one fight losing streak, so I'm not looking in the past at all," Brown said. "I'm not looking at what I've already done. It's irrelevant at this point, it means absolutely nothing. Right now, I'm on a zero fight win streak, a zero fight losing streak, I'm coming in Saturday and that's all that matters. Saturday. That's all that matters to me.
"First I have to win. No thoughts until after that."