Since losing to Seth Baczynski at UFC 139, Matt "The Immortal" Brown has been on an impressive tear, winning five consecutive fights inside the Octagon, with four of his wins coming via KO.
As imposing has Brown (17-11-0, 10 KOs) has been lately, he's rarely ever mentioned as a top welterweight, but that might change when he squares up against Thiago Alves (19-9-0, 11 KOs) at the first UFC on Fox Sports 1 fight card set for Aug. 17, at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
Adding Alves to his list of victims should be enough to earn Matt a chance to compete against one of the top 10 welterweights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Even though he might end up as the underdog, once again, heading into his bout against Alves, Brown plans to use the Brazilian as a stepping stone to propel himself into the welterweight title picture.
"Every fight is the biggest fight of your career," Brown said during an interview with Bleacher Report. "This one, I think, with the potential for what can happen after, could make it the biggest one. However, the last fight [before this] was the biggest one, Ya know. If you lose a fight, in the next one you need to get on the winning track. No doubt though, this is my toughest and highest regarded opponent."
Alves is coming off a loss to Martin Kampmann, and he'll undoubtedly be motivated to redeem himself given the way things went down when he faced the Dane. Alves was clearly winning his fight against Kampmann, but his carelessness ended up biting him in the rear with less than a minute left in the contest when Martin forced the tap with a guillotine choke.
It was the type of loss that haunts fighters for years.
With Alves' eagerness to redeem himself, and Brown's desire to be recognized as a contender in the UFC's welterweight division, there's a lot of potential for fireworks when the two square up at UFC on Fox Sports 1.
Alves enjoys trading blows with his opponents, and Brown doesn't mind a grimy fistfight either.
"I don't hesitate to fight anyone in any area," Brown explained. "We know where his strength is, but there's holes in that too, just like there's holes in my game."
Brown seems confident that he's destined to someday rule the UFC's welterweight division, and he thinks he's good enough to defeat current welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre.
"I think I'm one of the worst match ups for GSP," Brown added. "Everyone thinks I'm delusional and crazy for thinking that, but I know who I am. If I go in there the best I can be, I know I'd destroy GSP. When I come in against GSP, I'm going in to take the belt from him. I'm not going to play around with the world title on the line. I'm 110% confident, if I show up at my best, he does not stand a chance in hell against me. This matchup with Thiago is a far tougher matchup for me than GSP."