Matt Brown: I can knock Johny Hendricks out, I guarantee it
Matt Brown managed to put on yet another classic performance on Saturday night when he finished Erick Silva in the third round of their main event matchup in Cincinnati to win his seventh fight in a row and sixth by knockout or TKO.
Brown now rides an incredible win streak as he looks to get into the heart of the welterweight division, most notably targeting champion Johny Hendricks.
Considering his win streak and the kind of accolades Brown racked up over the weekend with his early comeback and then ultimate destruction of Silva, it’s hard to argue against the idea of him fighting for the belt especially against a champion like Hendricks.
With his star on the rise, Brown stops by the Great MMA Debate podcast just 48 hours removed from his fight with Silva to discuss the bout, the game plan and what this win means to his career. The biggest question Brown addresses on the show is how he believes he matches up with Hendricks in the Octagon.
Considering the high pace, high intensity way Brown seems to approach every fight, his answer shouldn’t surprise you.
"I definitely don’t think it would go to decision. Like I’ve said 100 times, I’m not going to hit him that many times and not knock him out. He’s not going to stay on his feet if I hit him as many times as Robbie Lawler did. I’m a really accurate striker," Brown said.
"I hate to eat my own words because I hit Erick Silva a lot of times and he didn’t go down and it went three rounds, but I’ve got to get my groove back. I can knock him out, I guarantee it."
While some would argue that Brown’s seven wins don’t include a victory over a top 10 opponent, it’s the nature of his victories that set him apart from the competition. Brown has dismantled fighters in each of his last seven bouts, including Silva who was left flat on the canvas after he finished the fight with some vicious ground and pound.
He loves the way he matches up with Hendricks and would like nothing more than to battle for the belt in his next fight. Until he books something else, Brown is determined to chime in whenever possible to ask for the chance to face Hendricks in the cage.
"If you look back at the history of guys who have got title fights, the streaks they’ve been on the wins they’ve had, I don’t see any reason they can deny me," Brown said.
In addition to Brown’s appearance, top rated bantamweight contender TJ Dillashaw also stops by the show to discuss his fight next weekend against Renan Barao, the pressure of accepting the fight on short notice, and what it would mean to be the first fighter to bring a belt home to his camp at Team Alpha Male.
All this plus debate topics surrounding Brown’s win in Cincinnati and who is in the biggest must win situation at next weekend’s UFC 173 card in Las Vegas.