Matt Brown and Jordan Mein are two of the hottest welterweight contenders in MMA right now. At Saturday night’s UFC on Fox 7 in San Jose, Calif., they showed why everyone is watching them, opening the Fox broadcast with an impressive performance by each fighter.
It was Brown, however, that stood tall at the end of the night, increasing his winning streak to five consecutive bouts.
Mein set the tone from the start, opening with a step-in elbow, but Brown gave no ground, firing back with three or four strikes to each of Mein’s.
Both men did some serious damage with their punches, but Brown really separated himself from Mein with his knees. Midway through the opening round, Brown hurt Mein with several knees from the clinch.
Mein had his moments, however, sending Brown to the mat with a body shot, and nearly securing a guillotine choke. Brown was obviously hurt, wincing from several Mein body shots, but answered with a triangle choke attempt that Mein just barely escaped.
Round two was the same quick pace, but it was Brown that put his hand speed on display, immediately landing a punch combination that backed Mein up. He followed with a knee to the face, and then drug Mein to the canvas. Brown kept up the pressure, relentlessly elbowing Mein to the head and body until the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
The victory keeps Brown on an impressive streak that has his name entering the realm of title talk.
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