Matt “The Immortal” Brown comes from a checkered past, but could soon see his stock rise to a level of stardom following his bout at the UFC on Fox 5 event. Brown is scheduled to face Mike Swick, who at one point was among the best fighters in the world at 170 pounds.

It’s been a long road for Brown, who entered the UFC by competing on The Ultimate Fighter. Brown was eliminated by the eventual winner, Amir Sadollah, but received a call back to compete on the finale. A victory for Brown extended his tenure in the UFC, but the next few years would be anything but smooth sailing.

Brown lost a decision to Dong Hyun Kim, then rattled off three straight victories between 2008 and 2009. Even more impressive is the fact that the three victories were all finished before the judges’ scorecards were read. It seemed Brown had everything going for him, but he hit a wall in 2010. Brown endured a three-fight losing streak that normally means the UFC would say adios, but Brown remained on the roster, likely due to the exciting nature of his fights.

“The Immortal” has since bounced back nicely by going 4-1 over his last five fights. The lone loss came to former TUF competitor Seth Baczynski, who caught Brown in a guillotine choke. Since that loss, however, Brown has won three consecutive bouts with two ending via TKO. Brown also put the brakes on the Stephen Thompson hype train by handing the kickboxer his first-ever MMA loss.

Now, Brown faces perhaps his biggest test in Swick. The AKA fighter was once near the top of everyone’s welterweight rankings before a string of injuries put a halt to his MMA career. Swick has since returned and showcased the talent that made him into one of the very best at 170 pounds. Can Brown defeat him?

That’s a debate that everyone can engage in, but let’s move beyond the actual fight and forecast what happens to Brown if he pulls off the upset. A victory would be Brown’s fourth in a row and would be a win over a very good opponent. You could argue that Brown would vault into the top 10 of the welterweight rankings with a win over Swick.

He has the winning streak, along with victories over credible opponents. Brown also has the talent to be a handful for anyone at welterweight and could make for a very dangerous opponent to some of the bigger names in the division.

It would be nice to see Brown have some more high-profile wins, instead of just competing on free televised cards and prelims, but he’ll have his chance by taking out a former top contender. It could become a signature win to vault Brown from gatekeeper status to legitimate contender. Brown has faced high-level talent before and faltered. At almost 32 years of age, Brown might be eyeing his last chance at making a title run in the UFC.

Despite not possessing a big name like some of the other welterweights inside the top 10, Brown will have the resume to validate his place there. Now, all that’s left to do is for Brown to go out and win. That’s easy enough, right?

Photo: Matt Brown (Sherdog)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.