After two years on the shelf, Mike Swick's comeback was one of the biggest story lines heading into UFC on FOX 4 this past summer. After his knockout of the night performance against DaMarques Johnson on that very card, it only made sense to give the fans another look at 'Quick' on the next big FOX card.
Matt Brown knows a thing or two about comebacks. It's no secret where he got his nickname. Brown was deemed clinically dead earlier in his life as the result of a heroin overdose. After winning the fight for his own life, it took watching a Hall of Violence member fight on television for Brown to realize that the sport of mixed martial arts was something he could possibly succeed and make money in. And that he did.
Fast forward to 2011. Though Matt Brown does come into the year with a not so impressive 11-10 record on paper, he remains one of the most respected fighters in the sport for his grit and tenacity. He enters the year riding a three-fight losing streak, which is usually a death sentence for UFC fighters. After getting back on track with a UD victory of John Howard in Pittsburgh, Brown closed out his 2011 campaign by dropping a fight to Welterweight on the rise Seth 'The Polish Pistola' Baczynski.
You could see the frustration and the anger written all over Brown following Baczynski's early 2nd round submission finish. 'The Immortal' had now dropped 4 of his last 5 inside of the Octagon. This was a situation that Brown surely could not survive. With twin boys that had just celebrated their 1st birthday, it appeared that it would be time for Dad to find a new job.
Soon reports would surface that Brown had been cut from the promotion, which is not unusual when a fighter hits a run like he did during this period, speculation began on where the TUF Season 7 alum would compete next. It's not like he didn't have any fight left in him. He was putting on great performances during this losing streak, and even though all four losses came by way of submission, Brown's skill and heart never came into question. This may be the reason why it turns out that Brown would not be cut from the promotion. He was given another chance to prove that he belonged in the big show, and Chris Cope would learn t he hard way that Brown wouldn't be going away. Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson, and Luis Ramos would be Brown's next victims of 2012. After last night, you can go ahead and put Mike Swick on that list.
Following a couple of submission attempts and some stellar muay thai in the 1st Round of their main card bout on FOX, Brown was up on the scorecards in a big way heading into Round 2. He was also winning the striking battle by nearly a 3 to 1 margin when he grazed Swick with a counter right, then a left, and then another right that landed right on the proverbial button, putting Swick to sleep before he even hit the ground flat.
Brown enters 2013 riding a four-fight winning streak, which along with Rory MacDonald's streak of four straight is bested by only Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks in the 170 pound division. Though a fighters career can turn on a dime at any given period of his or her career, I think it's safe to say Matt Brown won't have to look for a new job for a while. You can check out the highlights of his KO victory from last night below.