Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight warrior Matt Brown has won six straight fights and in the process, secured five violent finishes dating back to late 2011.
Erick Silva is just 3-3 during that same span, in addition to getting knocked out by Dong Hyun Kim.
So you can understand if Brown is a bit miffed at the fact that he's a 2-to-1 betting underdog coming into his UFC Fight Night 40 main event, which takes place this Saturday night (May 10, 2014) inside the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, on FOX Sports 1.
From his conversation with ESPN:
"Some of my coaches told me, ‘Dude, I should put money on you.' It does not make any sense to me at all. I looked at his record and his fights and he's never beat anybody really good. I don't know how good he really is. That's what I'm going to find out. He hasn't proven to be as good as me at all, so I have no idea where they came up with these odds."
Is there a bookie in the house?
Brown (18-11) is holding steady at No. 7 in the official UFC rankings (see them here), despite not being able to compete for nearly nine months due to a bad back. Silva (16-4) -- ranked at No. 14 -- got back into the win column earlier this year by pounding out Takenori Sato in Brazil.
But was it his victory over the Japanese veteran, or Brown's injury layoff that has him playing favorite?