UFC officials just announced the matchup moments ago.
UFC 145 is set to go down from Atlanta’s Phillips Arena on April 21, in the main event light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will attempt to defend his UFC title against bitter rival Rashad Evans.
Both fighters are making quick turnarounds from their UFC 143 appearances. Both knocked out their opponents in preliminary card action on last weekend’s fight card.
For Thompson it was his long awaited UFC debut. Hit “Knock out of the Night” performance as well as his slick karate style of fighting has left fans wanting to see more.
Facing Thompson is the always tough and durable Matt Brown. Brown, who knocked out Chris Cope last weekend, will look to spoil the rise of the UFC’s newest welterweight prospect.
The two fighters are strike first, ground second mentalists and this bout is sure to deliver fireworks.
Continue to next page for the “Editors Breakdown and prediction for this fight.”
Alright guys, this newly announced welterweight bout between virtual newcomer Stephen Thompson and UFC veteran Matt Brown is an interesting one.
I think it is safe to say that both fighters are primarily strikers. Brown brings in a solid mix of kicks, knees and heavy hands while Thompson uses a more karate based style of offense.
Right off the bat, I’ll just tell you, even though it’s only Thompson’s second fight in the UFC I am picking him to win by either KO or TKO. Call me a believer in the hype if you want, but this is the way I picture it while comparing the two welterweights and how they match up.
Brown is tough, don’t get me wrong, and I never fully count him out. But Thompson brings in something like a 63 fight unbeaten streak that includes 50+ pro-kickboxing victories and six MMA wins.
Brown on the other hand is only 2-4 in his last six-fights and was probably on the verge of getting cut had he not finished Cope at UFC 143.
While brown has 18 more MMA bouts than the “Wonderboy” the simple fact that Thompson has so many kickboxing matches and that this bout will likely be determined on the feet against the two strikers makes me edge towards Stephen.
I could be wrong here, smart move for Brown is to try and get this fight to the ground, but Thompson has two submission wins in his short six-fight MMA career as well. Even taking his two submission wins into consideration one would still think that’s the path of least resistance. If Matt can use his MMA game and experience to take the Karate based fighter down than this fight may swing more in his favor.
Anything can happen in MMA, but that’s my breakdown. I’m going Thompson. Feel free to comment.