UFC Welterweight, Matt Brown, was seemingly one win away from a Welterweight title shot when he was matched up with Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 9. Unfortunately, Brown was forced to pull out of the fight with herniated discs in his back.
Brown will return to the Octagon in the main event of UFC Fight Night 40 on May 10th against #15th ranked Welterweight, Erick Silva. Brown was on the MMA Hour recently, and had some interesting comments about the matchup with Silva (Courtesy of MMA Fighting):
I was a little bit surprised. Went from, what, Condit was No. 2? And I think Silva is No. 15 now. I don’t think he was [ranked] before. That’s definitely a huge drop. But, you know, main event. Erick is one of those guys that he could beat anybody in the top-10 any day, and I think pretty much everybody knows that. Any of the hardcore fans know how good he really is. He’s had some bad luck fights, but man, everybody knows how good this kid is, so I don’t think it was a drop in skill level. It’s just a drop in the actual rankings.
Brown went on to discuss getting a UFC title shot:
I don’t know what I gotta do. Everybody says, well you gotta fight a top-10 fighter. I just fight whoever they put in front of me.
I mean, I don’t know what I gotta do. Everybody says, well you gotta fight a top-10 fighter. I just fight whoever they put in front of me. I fought six guys in a row that I beat, I think only one of them went to a decision. It’s not my choice not to fight a top-10 guy.
I see a light at the end of the tunnel, for sure. But the fact is, the only thing that matters to me is beating Erick Silva. All this other junk is beside the point, because if I don’t beat him, then all this talk is void anyways.