Heading into last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 26, the welterweight bout between Mike Pyle and Matt Brown was flying under the radar in the middle of the card. Both men are in their 30′s (Pyle is 5 years older at 37), both had nice winning streaks in the UFC (Pyle 4, Brown 5) and both are in the middle of the pack in terms of welterweight rankings. What was expected solid match that would be close, and possibly go the distance. What ensued was a :29 second wipe out by Brown that have people talking about him as the next hot prospect in the welterweight division.
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Brown looked impressive against Pyle, and a six fight winning streak in the UFC is nothing to scoff at, but Brown has been a UFC employee for 5 years, going 5-5 before the current streak of 6 fights. Brown was 12-11 overall as an MMA fighter before that same streak has seem him go to 18-11.
Perhaps Brown has takeing his training regimen to a whole new level and turned himself into a top tier MMA artist, but a look at the six fight winning streak reveals no names that are in anybody’s top 10. Before anyone calls for a title shot for Brown, he should be facing a big step up in competition in his next outing.
One top name coming off a loss is Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger had been on the cusp of a title shot, however he was derailed with a loss to Rory MacDonald. Brown has been talking about his wrestling, and he apparently trains with the National Teams in Ohio, but Ellenberger is a solid wrestler with a huge punch who would clearly be a step up in competition for Brown.
Should he get by Ellenberger, he should still need one more quality win before earning a title shot. Assuming GSP retains his belt against Hendricks, ther eiwll be a logjam forming behind GSP of MacDonald, Hendricks, Carlos Condit and one or two others, all of which would make a solid followup for Brown.
If Hendricks beats GSP, the two will likely be in rematch mode, meaning Brown would need at least two more wins for a title shot. The talk has already started, but his fans won’t feel so certain of a title fight for him if he has to beat Ellenberger and Condit to get it. It is unlikely Brown could get that job done.