Matt Brown (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)UFC Welterweight Title Picture: Matt Brown Should Be Next In Line RJ Gardner March 12, 2014 Spotlight By now everyone is well aware of the fact that Carlos Condit, with a win at UFC 171, will stamp his ticket to face the winner of Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler for the UFC welterweight title. Granted, Condit is very deserving and should be considered a threat to win the strap, but he is not the most deserving contender in the UFC right now. The person everyone is overlooking right now is none other than Matt “The Immortal” Brown. Riding a six-fight winning streak with five of those wins coming by way of stoppage, Brown has been making an emphatic statement to the UFC with his performances in the cage. Really, the only reason Brown’s name isn’t being thrown around in title talks is because none of the fighters he has defeated in his last six outings stand out as elite competition. However, that is not his fault. Brown just seems to have terrible luck. In April of 2013, Brown was slated to face former title challenger Dan Hardy at UFC on Fox 7. Hardy was forced off the card and into retirement when doctors discovered that he had a rare heart condition. So, instead of Hardy, Brown took on Jordan Mein and put on a show. He dropped the young fighter in the second round with a series of punches and elbows to the body. That performance not only earned Brown the first fight-night bonus of his career, but also a shot a perennial welterweight contender Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 26. But, once again, Brown’s opponent was forced off the card for medical reasons. So, instead of Alves, Brown took on the always tough Mike Pyle. Brown made short work of Pyle, dispatching him by way of knockout in the very first round and earning yet another bonus for his efforts. After winning six straight, Brown seemed to be getting the respect he deserved. He was matched up with former interim welterweight champion Condit. The two were set to throw down in December 2013 at UFC on Fox 9, but this time the injury bug got Brown and he was forced to withdraw from the bout. With his back healed, Brown is now slated to face tough Brazilian powerhouse Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati. A win over Silva will only strengthen Brown’s case for a welterweight title shot, but it is not going to be easy. Silva is one of the most explosively powerful strikers in the UFC welterweight division and, in addition, he is a skilled grappler who holds the rank of black belt in both judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. All four of Silva’s UFC victories have come by way of stoppage in the first round. To win this fight, Brown is going to have to weather an early storm and then take Silva out of his comfort zone by being the aggressor and forcing the young fighter to move backwards. If Brown is able to do this and he gets the win, the UFC will not be able to ignore his accomplishments any longer. The promotion will be forced to either grant him a title shot or put him in a title eliminator bout.