Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
There was a stretch in Matt Brown's career when it looked like he didn't belong in the UFC. During that time, he lost four of five, leaving many to wonder if his octagon career was reaching its end. But that time is now safely behind him. After his performance at Saturday night's UFC on FOX 5, Brown is no longer in danger. In fact, he's surging.
The rugged welterweight scored the biggest win of his career, knocking out Mike Swick for his fourth straight win.
The finish came at 2:31 of round two.
Brown had likely won the first round, threatening Swick with a D'arce and later a triangle to go with his power strikes. In the second, Swick looked worn down from constantly defending himself, and Brown continued moving forward unconcerned about Swick's power.
Finally, about midway through the round, Brown landed a crushing left hook, and as Swick was falling to the mat, he landed a right hand behind it. That was all he needed as Swick crashed to the mat and the referee stepped in.
The victory was also Brown's fourth of the calendar year.
He is now 16-11 while Swick fell to 15-5 after suffering his first knockout loss since a 2004 defeat at the hands of Chris Leben.
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