Matt Brown is on one of the more improbable runs in UFC history, a six fight win streak that has positioned him as an unlikely fringe welterweight title challenger. The streak comes on the heels of going 1-3 from 2010-2011.
This past Saturday night, after beating Mike Pyle -- who'd been on his own four fight win streak -- in under 30 seconds, Brown called out Georges St. Pierre, making his desire for a title shot fully known.
Now, Brown is stressing that he not only wants to fight GSP, but feels that he can beat him. And that includes being able to outwrestle the welterweight champ (via MMA Junkie):
f"I know where my wrestling stands," Brown told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It's simply a matter of executing those abilities in the ring with 'GSP.' I can outwrestle him. I'm calling it right now.
"It sounds f---ing ridiculous, and everybody is going to laugh at me, and I know the forums, everybody's going to talk about how I'm delusional and this and that. ... I know where I'm at."
"I don't think [St-Pierre has] ever fought anybody that can put the kind of pressure that I put on him, and I think I can stop his takedowns," Brown said. "His best chance is to get a takedown. People haven't seen my wrestling. I'm training with the best wrestlers in the world right now, and I'm getting pretty damn good at it."
Brown trains at the Ohio Regional Training Center, home of some of the best wrestlers in America and a place that nurtures Olympic aspirations. So it isn't beyond reasonable that his wrestling game is formidable.
But GSP's wrestling game is so effectively implemented into mixed martial arts that it is hard to imagine Brown being able to succeed where more accomplished wrestlers have failed.