This is going to be a fun fight to kick off the FOX portion of the evening. These guys absolutely can not have a boring fight, as it is not in either of their DNA makeup to do so. I expect fireworks early and often as these two veterans of the sport slug it out until one of them takes a nap and wakes up in the shadow of the Space Needle with a headache and a fight of the night bonus check.
The Records: Mike Swick: 15-4Matt Brown: 15-11
Past Five Performances:Mike Swick: 3-2 Defeated DeMarques Johnson, Lost to Paulo Thiago, Lost to Dan Hardy, Defeated Ben Saunders and Defeated Jonathan Goulet. Matt Brown: 4-1 Defeated Luis Ramos, Defeated Stephen Thompson, Defeated Chris Cope, Lost to Seth Baczynski, Defeated John Howard.
Amazing Strengths: Mike Swick: Super fast and accurate hands. Understanding of the fight game. Underrated Submissions. Matt Brown: Heavy Handed. Durable and Scrappy. Iron Will.
Glaring Weaknesses: Mike Swick: Made of Paper Mache … gets hurt, a lot. Can sometimes eat a lot of shots. Matt Brown: Also eats punches. Submission defense is not where it needs to be.
How it should unfold: If Mike Swick were looking to just win, he’d test the waters standing, then take the fight to the ground and start looking for Brown’s neck. However, Mike Swick is a showman, and he loves the idea of knocking people out. For that reason, you can expect this to be a standup war, for at least the first round.
Matt Brown and Mike Swick will both at times employ the, “Eat a shot to land a shot” tactic and it could be a scary proposition in this fight. Both guys can throw big shots, and one clean shot can change the course of the fight. While Brown might be on a three fight winning streak, it’s not against top level talent, and certainly Mike Swick poses a significant threat to Brown going for in a row. I would think they might stand for the better part of two rounds, but when slugging it out on adrenalin gives way to employing a heady game plan, expect Mike Swick to take the fight down and go looking for a submission. Matt Brown won’t just fall over with his neck exposed, Matt Hume’s taught him better than that, but in the end, you are a victim to your weaknesses and Swick should lock on the submission in the late going, in a fun, bloody clash.
Bottom Line: Tons of bluster early from these two, giving way to a methodical search for submissions in the late going. They will likely be frontrunners for Fight of the Night, and looking at this card, Swick will likely add a Submission of the Night as well in the third round.
By Dan Rose for hov-mma