The grizzled veteran vs. the new hotness. One guy is perfectly content to push you against the cage or take you down and maul you. The other can kick your head off in a split second. Who will win this battle of differing styles? Matt Brown(13-11, 6-5 UFC) meets Stephen Thompson (6-0, 1-0 UFC).
Neither fighter is currently ranked at welterweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, but Wonderboy could be one day. A win over Brown isn't going to be enough right now though. This welterweight UFC 145 bout is the fifth bout of the preliminary card and the third of four televised fights that will air on FX. The FX broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Brown: 31 years old | 6'0" | 76" reach Thompson: 29 years old | 6'0" | 75" reach
Matt "The Immortal" Brown had been a pro for three years with an average record of 7-6 when he was selected as a contestant for The Ultimate Fighter 7. Brown lost in the quarter-finals to eventual winner Amir Sadollah, but picked up a win at the Finale to stay put in the organization. He's been pretty up-and-down since then, putting together a three-fight winning streak but following it up with a three-fight losing streak. He has won two of his last three, most recently defeating Chris Cope by TKO at UFC 143.
Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson is a karate prodigy. He went 63-0 as a kickboxer (amateur and pro) and made the switch over to MMA in 2010. He picked up five straight wins and earned a shot in the UFC, where he amazed folks with his awesome head-kick knockout of Dan Stittgen at UFC 143. He holds a variety of striking black belts and is a blue belt in BJJ under Carlos NMachado (his brother-in-law).
Why should you care?
Can Wonderboy pick up another sick KO, this time against a guy that's never been stopped by strikes in his career? That's worth caring about. Honest.
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