Matt Brown has finished five straight fights. | Mike Fridley/Sherdog.com
A back injury derailed Matt Brown’s momentum in December, but “The Immortal” recaptured the magic in a big way on Saturday. In one of the most memorable encounters of 2014, Brown stopped a resilient Erick Silva with strikes 2:11 into the third round of their UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Silva” headliner at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
In a deep and talented welterweight class, Brown’s violent tendencies have him ascending the divisional ladder in rapid fashion. While Brown has forcefully inserted himself into the title picture, his performance against Silva also yielded a statistical bounty. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Silva,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com:
7: Winning streak for Brown, currently the longest active streak in the UFC’s welterweight division and tied with Chris Weidman and Renan Barao for second longest active streak overall behind Jon Jones (11).
12: Welterweight victories for Brown, tying him with Thiago Alves for No. 5 in UFC history. Only Jon Fitch (13), Josh Koscheck (14), Matt Hughes (16) and Georges St. Pierre (19) have more.
594: Career significant strikes landed by Brown. “The Immortal” landed 118 significant strikes against Silva to pass Carlos Condit (510), Johny Hendricks (555) and Amir Sadollah (577) into seventh place among all welterweights.
122: Total strikes by which Brown out-landed Silva. The Ohioan landed 161 of 213 total strikes, while Silva landed 39 of 71 attempts.
9: Finishes via strikes -- KO, TKO or submission -- for Brown, tying him with Rich Franklin and Cain Velasquez for fourth place in UFC history. Only Anderson Silva (11), Vitor Belfort (11) and Chuck Liddell (10) have more finishes via strikes.
5: Consecutive knockout victories in UFC competition for Brown, tying him with Thiago Alves for second all-time in promotion history. Only Liddell, who had seven in a row, has more. Brown’s victims during that streak include Erick Silva , Mike Pyle, Jordan Mein, Mike Swick and Luis Ramos.
1,890: Days since Brown last fought in his home state. “The Immortal” knocked out Pete Sell 1:32 into the opening round at UFC 96 “Jackson vs. Jardine” at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
8-5: Record for underdogs at UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Silva.” That included five of the six main card winners, with Soa Palelei being the only favorite to prevail on the Fox Sports 1 draw.
3: KO or TKO victories stemming from a head kick in UFC competition for Daron Cruickshank, tying him with Belfort for most in promotion history. “The Detroit Superstar” floored Erik Koch with a head kick in their lightweight bout before sealing the victory with a barrage of strikes on the floor. In UFC competition, Mike Rio and Henry Martinez have also fallen victim to Cruickshank head kicks.
16: Takedowns landed by Tim Means’ opponents in his last three Octagon appearances -- all decision defeats. Neil Magny landed four of nine takedown attempts in outpointing “The Dirty Bird” at UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Silva.” Jorge Masvidal and Danny Castillo landed six takedowns apiece against Means in 2013 lightweight contests.
3: KO or TKO victories from the mount in UFC competition for Palelei, tying him with Evan Tanner and Matt Lindland for most in promotion history.
16: First-round stoppages among 21 professional victories for Palelei, who knocked out newcomer Ruan Potts with punches from mount 2:20 into the opening stanza of their heavyweight encounter.
5: Significant strikes landed by Palelei, all of which came on the ground. “The Hulk” landed 12 significant strikes in his last outing, a first-round stoppage of Pat Barry at UFC Fight Night “Hunt vs. Bigfoot.”
40: Significant strikes landed at distance by Chris Cariaso in his split decision triumph over Louis Smolka. By comparison, Smolka landed 18 significant strikes at distance. The striking matchup in the clinch was much closer, with Cariaso holding a 23 to 18 advantage.
39: Significant strikes by which Kyoji Horiguchi out-landed Darrell Montague en route to taking a unanimous decision in their flyweight clash. The Japanese prospect out-landed his foe in every round but really picked up the pace over the final 10 minutes, when he held a 55-21 advantage in significant strikes.
.100: Significant striking percentage for Eddie Wineland in his first-round knockout loss to Johnny Eduardo. The former bantamweight title challenger landed just six of 56 significant strikes before bowing out 4:37 into round one. Meanwhile, Eduardo landed 11 of 20 significant strikes, a 55 percent clip.
2,394: Days since the Octagon last touched down in Cincinnati. At UFC 77, then middleweight champion Anderson Silva successfully defended his title in a rematch with Franklin.