UFC 145 Results: What We Learned from Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson

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UFC 145 Results: What We Learned from Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson
Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Matt Brown (left) fights Stephen Thompson in a welterweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Brown has derailed the Stephen Thompson hype-train, defeating the previously undefeated fighter by unanimous decision in the UFC 145 prelims.

Before this fight, many were toting Thompson as the next big thing in the welterweight division because of his incredible kickboxing background and undefeated record.

However, the big question was: How would Thompson fare against a fighter who could bring him to the ground?

We now have an answer to that question: badly.

 

What we'll remember about this fight

The ending.

At the end of the fight, Brown managed to trap Thompson in a mounted crucifix-position and land some heavy leather. From there, he switched to a mounted triangle choke and landed some more heavy shots.

If not for the buzzer saving Thompson, Brown likely would have finished the fight.

 

What we learned about Matt Brown

Nothing we didn't already know.

The guy's a warrior. Not particularly skilled in any one area, but fights his heart out every time and has an incredible will to win.

 

What we learned about Stephen Thompson

The dude seriously needs to develop his takedown defense and ground game.

Multiple times in the fight, Brown was able to capitalize on largely telegraphed takedowns. Brown is nowhere near the division's most talented wrestler, so if Thompson can't handle his takedowns, the rest of the division will be a nightmare.

 

What's next for Matt Brown

Duane Ludwig or possibly the loser of Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson.

 

What's next for Stephen Thompson

James Head would make sense.

Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and stand-up comedian. Check him out on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.

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