Matt Brown doesn’t care about the odds.
"The Immortal" takes on rising welterweight star Erick Silva at the main event of UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday night, and he doesn’t care about being the underdog in the bout.
Coming off six impressive wins in the UFC, Brown says Silva can make some money in the fight if he makes the right bet.
"I was surprised, but that’s nothing new to me to be the underdog," Brown told MMAFighting.com. "You know, I’m not really stressed with it. It’s really not in my mind at all. Maybe he can make some money on me.
"It’s not like I need more motivation. The guy is training the past 10, 12 weeks to beat my a--. Not like I need more motivation, but more motivation definitely doesn’t hurt."
Silva said Brown "has heavy hands" but that’s how he likes to fight. Brown isn’t quite sure the Brazilian will be able to fight back after getting tagged.
"I don’t think he can take my punches," he said. "If I punch him I’m gonna hurt him. I don’t think he’ll be able, but who knows? Hopefully I can punch him before he punches me, we can find out about his chin before he finds out about mine."
Silva enters the bout with a lot of hype, besides the fact that he’s 4-3 in the UFC (although some fans see him as 5-2 after a controversial DQ loss to Carlo Prater), but Brown is not impressed.
"He hasn’t really fought anybody that good," he said. "The best guys that he fought, he lost to. It depends on what you consider impressed. To be in the UFC is impressive, he has knocked some guys out pretty bad, but he has lost a couple times which wasn’t impressive.
"I don’t really look at it like that. Everybody is good and everybody has a lot to offer. Everybody is going to bring something to the table that’s dangerous."
"The Immortal" enters the first main event of his UFC career following four consecutive knockout victories over Mike Pyle, Jordan Mein, Mike Swick and Luis Ramos, but headlining a card doesn’t seems to be that special.
"It feels like a normal fight, the same thing," he said. "The only downside is that I have to fight so late in the night [laughs]. I’ll have to wait on everybody, but the upside is you get treated a little special, things like that. It’s just another fight."
The seventh win in a row could earn Brown a title eliminator fight next, so he called an old friend to help his training for the bout. Unbeaten in MMA, Rodrigo Botti (6-0) defeated Silva in a submission tournament back in 2007 in Espirito Santo, Brazil, and is one of Brown’s secret weapons.
"I guess it’s not a secret now, huh?" he laughed. "I’m sure that Silva has evolved (since), it was a long time ago, but, again, I don’t really know. That’s why we’re getting in a cage to find out these things about one and another. I’m sure he has evolved."
Nine of Brown’s 11 MMA losses came via submission, but he won’t be desperate if he has to fight Silva on the ground.
"I’m sure I can submit him," Brown said. "Anybody can submit anybody. I keep saying, that’s why we’re getting in there. Nobody really knows. Everybody believes this and that. I know I can submit him. If I put my arm around his neck I will submit him. The way the world is.
"I had training partners to emulate him. Of course, I trained for his style. Everybody is dangerous. I don’t expect an easy fight."