In the third main card fight at Matt Brown (18-11, 11-5 UFC) picked up a super-quick knockout victory over Mike Pyle (35-9-1, 8-4 UFC). Brown started well, backing Pyle up against the cage with some punches. He caught Pyle with a left, then a big knee to the chin that sent him to the mat. A few punches on the ground and it was over. The finish came at 29 seconds of the first round.
The win was Brown's sixth straight, and the highlight of an improbable run that has the TUF veteran on the verge of the top 10 for the first time in his career. Pyle was on his own winning streak, but that's now up in smoke thanks to The Immortal.
What was the high point of the fight?
The finish. The knee was pretty deadly and it was all downhill from there.
Where do they go from here?
Brown called out UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre after the win, his sixth in a row. While it's admirable that he's aiming for the top, the six wins haven't come against elite competition (Pyle being the best win), so it's more likely that he'll get someone low in the top 10 next. Robbie Lawler would be my personal choice, because that sounds like a great fight.
Pyle's in a bit of a weird spot. He'll be 3 next month, and his winning streak just went up in smoke in 29 seconds. He just might not have time to climb the ladder again. He'd be a stiff test for a lot of up-and-comers though, and I'd like them to re-book Pyle against Gunnar Nelson, his original UFC 160 opponent.
Watch now, later, or never?
Now. 29 seconds of destruction.