Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders: Violence perhaps one more time
Both Matt Brown and Ben Saunders have been around the mixed martial arts world since 2004. They could easily regale fans with stories from the dark ages before fighters were carrying around multiple titles and getting bit parts in major films. This Saturday they step into the cage against one another in a fight that is highly anticipated, but without the stakes that accompany many of the other bouts on this card. Brown and Saunders are both far from the welterweight title picture, but that doesn’t mean that their pairing won’t bring the violence. In many ways, this fight be a front runner to earn a performance bonus that brings the fans to their feet.
It’s hard to look at this fight and see it being anything else other than a violent back and forth battle. They come into this fight with a combined 73 fights, 24 of which they’ve won via some form of knockout and 10 that have ended in defeat in the same fashion. But what’s even more alarming to watch is that at this point in their careers, both Saunders and Brown have suffered an increasing number of stoppages that continue to come in more violent fashion. Since 2016 Brown has dropped three of four fights; two of which were from knockout. In that same time span, Saunders has been knocked out four times of his own. While both men are prone to bring the violence, one must wonder whether this contest will end in a violent fashion of its own.
Matt Brown and Ben Saunders are at a point in their careers where many will wonder whether they should continue to get into the Octagon and do battle. After years of competition their ability to take damage seems to be waning. However, that has not stopped them from being a part of UFC 245. Looking at this pairing, their histories and performances coming into this fight – everyone involved should expect to see the type of fireworks that leave fans cheering, regardless of the carnage that goes on in the cage.