Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight knockout artists Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger scrapped last night (July 30, 2016) at UFC 201 inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Matt Brown has struggled a bit since his rise to the top of the division, but he’s still considered one of the best in the world. In order to maintain that position, Brown needed to flatten his foe last night. On the other hand, this was Ellenberger’s chance — perhaps his last — to return to the upper echelon of the Welterweight division. Otherwise, his slide towards a new promotion would continue.
Instead, he stood his ground and got back into the win column.
Ellenberger opened with a massive right hand that dropped Brown to the mat very hard. Despite nearly being unconscious when he hit the mat, Brown was back up to his feet within 30 seconds and went on the offensive.
"The Juggernaut" seemed to be slowed down from trying to finish so quickly, and Brown was swarming in his usual fashion. However, Ellenberger flipped the script by slamming home a massive kick to the liver.
Brown crumpled to the mat with a look of anguish almost immediately. This time around, there was no recovery, as Ellenberger swarmed a fairly helpless Brown and forced the finish.
This was an absolutely stellar victory for Ellenberger. He started fast and nearly put Brown away immediately. Then, when things didn’t go his way and he was put on the defensive, Ellenberger didn’t simply cover up and take shots. Instead, he waited for his moment and ended the bout.
That’s a major step forward for Ellenberger. He’s always been dangerous — and an early knockout is always a possibility in his fights — but he’s had issues with staying on the defensive. This time, he fought very intelligently and stuck to game plan of jamming his shin into Brown’s liver.
All of that said, Ellenberger probably doesn’t need another top 10 opponent just yet. If he’s really trying to build himself up, a scrap with someone like Gunnar Nelson would make some sense.
This was the worst case scenario for Brown. He had to know due to the circumstances that Ellenberger was likely to start quick, yet he walked in carelessly and ate a massive overhand immediately.
Once back on his feet, Brown looked good and did some damage. However, he’s always been susceptible to the body kick, and fighters are starting to game plan around that. I’m not sure if there’s a real solution, but Brown and his team need to do their best to think of one.
Otherwise, remaining in the rankings will be quite a task for "The Immortal."
At UFC 201, Jake Ellenberger finished his opponent in the first round. Is "The Juggernaut" back?
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