The UFC returned on Saturday night to San Jose, California with an outstanding fight card full of vicious KOs, yet the performance that arguably stands out the most is Matt Brown’s unexpected domination over touted Canadian prospect Jordan Mein.
The performance was generally a back-and-forth affair during the first round, where both competitors had their opportunities to hurt the other but it was ultimately Brown who was able to impose his will and finish the 23-year-old early in the 2nd round. Now riding a 5-fight win streak that includes upset wins over Mike Swick, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and now Jordan Mein, Brown has earned himself a legitimate step up in competition preferably a top-10 competitor that would bring him one step closer to his goal – a title shot.
“Well, I wouldn’t be coming to work every day if I wasn’t thinking about a title shot,” Brown stated at the post-fight press conference, “That’s what I do every day. That’s my dream. That’s the only goal on my mind. I’m not getting up every day and getting punched in the face so I can make a couple thousand dollars.”
While it is unlikely that Brown has earned his title shot yet, there is no denying that he is gradually getting closer. He has undoubtedly earned a legitimate step up in competition, preferably an opponent from the division’s top 10. In the end, as long as it brings Brown closer to a title shot, then he is on his way to achieving his goal.
Now with two back-back spectacular finishes on FOX, Brown is certainly a marketable fighter in the welterweight division and could make an interesting opponent for several competitors in the welterweight division. Whether media members agree with him or not, he is looking to carve his way into the upper echelon of the division.
“Just because a bunch of media people do not believe I’m good enough for a title shot doesn’t mean that it’s true. I train very hard every day, and I train with some of the best people in the world in all the different martial arts, and I believe that my time is coming. I believe things are coming my way more and more now, and I’m going to be ready for a title shot in the future.”