Two very powerful and dangerous welterweights battled for supremacy last night (April 20, 2013) as veteran Matt Brown took on upstart Jordan Mein in the opening bout of the UFC on Fox 7 main card in San Jose, California.
Mein had looked incredible in his UFC debut just weeks prior, becoming the first man to finish Dan Miller inside the Octagon, but Matt Brown was a completely different level of tough in the striking department.
"Young Gun" got off to a hot start, working his jab and scoring with some step-in elbows but this quickly fired up Brown, who began firing back with some heavy hooks and stepping forward aggressively.
When Brown went on the offensive, he began forcing Mein to brawl with him instead of utilize that incredible technical striking, which was to his advantage.
Despite Brown's aggression, Mein discovered quickly that all the shots to the head weren't as effective as they should be so he began working the body to greater success, hurting Brown with a nicely timed hook and going after him, forcing "The Immortal" to drop to the canvas.
When Mein followed him there, he was surprisingly caught in a triangle choke from the veteran, but managed to escape, although it took a significant amount of energy out of him.
Once back to the feet in the waning seconds of the first round, Brown battered Mein with some heavy knees and those definitely took a toll heading into the second round.
Once round two began, Brown went right after Mein, walking through his standing elbows and ferociously throwing heavy hooks and knees again. Mein was overwhelmed along the fence and dropped to the ground, eating strikes on the canvas and turning away from the punishment.
One last big elbow to the head was enough as the referee put a stop to it, handing Brown his fifth straight victory.
For Jordan Mein, he was game in the first round, but he just couldn't keep up with the ridiculous pace of this fight. Brown brought a whole 'nother level of tenacity and aggression that he probably had never seen before and despite getting his licks in, he just couldn't last. His standing elbows were fantastic as were his body shots, but when Brown pressured him with huge hooks, straight punches and knees, they overwhelmed him. Mein is much more comfortable when he's fighting his own fight, not bending to someone else's will.