Matt Brown lived up to his nickname of “The Immortal,” earning his seventh consecutive victory by finishing Erick Silva in the third round of the UFC Fight Night 40 main event.
Competing in his first headline fight, in his home state of Ohio, Brown took the opportunity to ask for a title shot in the welterweight division.
“Cincinnati, who do you want to see fight for the title next?” Brown asked.
Brown (20-11) hasn’t lost since a 2011 submission defeat to Seth Baczynski. He has finished six of his seven opponents during his current stretch, but this one was admittedly his toughest. His ninth knockout victory also set a new welterweight division record.
Silva landed a kick early on that dropped Brown, and he almost had a choke locked in. The Brazilian continued to apply pressure in the first, but Brown dominated the next two rounds before putting it away.
“He is the next toughest fighter in the UFC,” said Brown, pointing to Silva, when called the toughest fighter. “I was hurting pretty bad. He got my stomach (with that kick). I wasn’t warmed up well enough.”
Brown’s punching power has floored the likes of Mike Pyle, Jordan Mein and Mike Swick, but Silva took the brunt of his strikes delivered and continued to fight.
“My power just wasn’t there,” he said. “Maybe he’s just that tough. Most people, when I hit them, they go down.”
The crowd was behind Brown from the start, cheering wildly during the introductions and remaining on their feet through the incredible first round of action. The two exchanged and appeared to have the other one finished on a handful of instances.
“Thank you so much,” Brown said to the crowd. “I am just happy I got to perform in Cincinnati.”