Two years ago to the day, UFC welterweight Matt Brown was fighting for his job after being submitted in a trio of consecutive clashes. Now, Brown is thinking about title-shots instead of contemplating life outside of the Octagon thanks to a 6-1 mark since the skid.
The 32-year old can stake a claim at contendership on August 17 when he takes on Thiago Alves (20-9) at UFC on FS 1 in hopes of obtaining his sixth straight victory. And, according to comments from a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Brown believes beating Alves will turn out to be more of a challenge than he’d find in facing champion Georges St-Pierre.
“Everyone thinks I’m delusional and crazy for thinking that, but I know who I am. If I go in there the best I can be, I know I’d destroy GSP,” said Brown. “When I come in against GSP, I’m going in to take the belt from him. I’m not going to play around with the world title on the line. I’m 110% confident, if I show up at my best, he does not stand a chance in hell against me. This match up with Thiago is a far tougher match-up for me than GSP.”
“I think he’d be scared to get close enough to hit me because I’m not going to avoid anything he throws,” he continued on how he’d handle St-Pierre. “I’m going to step right in the pocket and throw down. He’s not going to have any option but to be on the feet with me. Even if he has the skills to stand, he would not be able to handle my pressure, tenacity and desire to win. I think I’m one of the worst match-ups for GSP.”
St-Pierre is set to defend his title against Johny Hendricks on November 16 at UFC 167. He is 24-2 and widely considered to be the best 170er to ever step into the cage. Comparably, Brown is 17-11 but boasts a much better finishing rate with all but two of his wins featuring a TKO/submission.