Heading into UFC 145, few people were giving Matt Brown a chance against undefeated kickboxing master Stephen Thompson.
Thompson was coming off an incredible roundhouse-kick knockout in his UFC debut, and many were toting the striking specialist as the next big thing in the welterweight division.
However, Matt Brown, refusing to be a stepping stone, derailed the Thompson hype train by defeating him via unanimous decision.
It was Brown's grappling that made all the difference, as he was able to take Thompson down at will throughout much of the fight. Once on the ground, Brown had little trouble controlling Thompson and doing damage with ground-and-pound.
It was surprising how easily Brown was able to bring the match to the ground, given that he is a far cry from being one of the division's best grapplers. This is a firm indicator that Thompson needs to put a lot of work into learning grappling if he wants to be relevant in the UFC.
So, given all the talk surrounding him going into the fight, is it possible that Thompson became a victim of his own hype?
I can't say for sure that Thompson let the talk go to his head, but it definitely didn't look like he prepared at all for a fight that would hit the ground.
That's a pretty strong indicator that Thompson came into UFC 145 thinking that he would knock Brown out quickly.
Whether the hype got to him or not, only Thompson knows, but this fight was definitely a reality check for him.
Matt Brown exposed all the holes in Thompson's game at UFC 146, so he better hit the gym and get to work on filling them in, because the whole welterweight division now has the blueprint to beat him.
Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com and stand-up comedian. Check him out on Twitter. @AndrewBarr8.
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