Matt Brown will be headling UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva on May 10 in Cincinnati, Ohio against tough Brazilian Erick Silva. He had been scheduled to face Carlos Condit back in December at UFC on FOX 9 but some herniated disks forced Brown to pull out of that bout.
Brown was a guest on the MMA Hour on Monday and had a lot to say to host Ariel Helwani. MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti transcribed the best parts. First up, Brown's comments about the UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler title fight:
"I don't know, [Hendricks] didn't look that great that night, even though he had that torn bicep -- that kind of changed my opinion a little bit. But, I don't know. It was a good fight for sure, but it looked like they were just playing pattycake or whatever," Brown said.
"There wasn't no finish. There wasn't anything amazing that happened. A lot of people thought it was an amazing fight, but I didn't think it was as amazing a fight as everybody else thought it was."
Next, his feeling that his opponents are moving down the ladder rather than up:
"I was a little bit surprised," Brown admitted. "Went from, what, Condit was No. 2? And I think Silva is No. 15 now. I don't think he was [ranked] before. That's definitely a huge drop. But, you know, main event. Erick is one of those guys that he could beat anybody in the top-10 any day, and I think pretty much everybody knows that. Any of the hardcore fans know how good he really is. He's had some bad luck fights, but man, everybody knows how good this kid is, so I don't think it was a drop in skill level. It's just a drop in the actual rankings."
And finally his thoughts on what he needs to do to get a title shot:
"I mean, I don't know what I gotta do," Brown said. "Everybody says, well you gotta fight a top-10 fighter. I just fight whoever they put in front of me. I fought six guys in a row that I beat, I think only one of them went to a decision. It's not my choice not to fight a top-10 guy.
"I see a light at the end of the tunnel, for sure. But the fact is, the only thing that matters to me is beating Erick Silva. All this other junk is beside the point, because if I don't beat him, then all this talk is void anyways."