The UFC loves to place their most exciting undercard fights at the end of the free Spike TV broadcast and they’ve outdone themselves with the welterweight fight between Matt “The Immortal” Brown and Brian Foster. Both fighters are known for constantly looking for the finish and putting on a show for the fans. This matchup is a serious contender for the “Fight of the Night” bonus.
Matt Brown (11-9) has looked all but immortal in his recent fights, back to back submission losses to Ricardo Almeida and Chris Lytle. Before those losses, Brown had put together an impressive three fight winning streak that had many placing him among the top welterweight contenders. What went wrong? Was it a bad style matchup? Brown has had trouble against larger fighters or better strikers that can bully him and that’s exactly what Almeida and Lytle did.
Brown has excellent striking and is always ready to swarm his opponent and get the finish. One must wonder, though, what is Brown’s mental state right now? After consecutive losses, he knows the pressure is on to get the win or he may be cut from the UFC.
Brian Foster (14-5) has publicly stated he’s fully prepared to get the win and send Brown packing. In a recent interview with BloodyElbow, Foster said “I expect to hand him his walking papers or at least put my stamp on them.”
Foster is a very exciting fighter, one who is willing to sacrifice ambition for the sake of putting on a show for the fans and winning bonuses. The UFC loves fighters like that, and they are more willing to forgive a couple losses if it means the fans are entertained.
He is coming off a devastating TKO victory over Forrest Petz at UFC Fight Night 22 this past September in a fight that barely lasted a minute.
Both fighters have similar fighting styles. Brown and Foster have good, but not great striking and both men have power. While each man is proficient on the ground, neither will likely be looking for the submission. I fully expect a standup war.
Prediction: Brian Foster via unanimous decision