Matt Brown has been with the UFC for a long time – his 11-5 overall record in the UFC is buoyed by a 6 fight winning streak that has finally put him on the map in the Welterweight division. Well, Brown will get to step up and face one of the elite in his next fight, as he gets Carlos Condit at the UFC on FOX Sports 9 event on December 14th. Though he looked impressive in taking out the tough Mike Pyle in under a minute in his last outing, Condit represents a huge leap in opponent quality and status for Brown.
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Look for Condit to be favored at the sport books, by a pretty good margin. Condit is coming off an impressive win, where he took out Martin Kampmann to keep his spot among the elite of the division and avenge a prior loss in one fell swoop. Condit has gone eight rounds total with Georges St Pierre and Johnny Hendricks, and he has to feel he is in the neighborhood to take those guys out.
Brown has gotten 5 of his 6 wins via stoppage due to strikes, so his aggression and new found confidence have appeared to take him to the next level.
With all due respect to Brown, who has definitely improved a great deal, his next level still doesn’t approach where Condit is in his game. Condit has a very sophisticated game, and even with Hendricks and St Pierre taking it to him, he was able to stay cool and dish out a lot of punishment. Chances are that Condit is going to be able to handle anything that Brown throws at him.
A look at Brown’s resume shows two fights against Chris Lytle while he was in his prime. Lytle was on his way to be becoming an elite fighter and he has a style that is comparable to Condit’s (weakest point is wrestling, striking and submissions very solid). Both times Lytle walked away with a submission win.
Of course Brown is a different fighter now, but he has not improved enough to rank with the Condit’s of the world.