Matt Brown turned a few heads when he mentioned Georges St. Pierre's name in his post-fight speech. Brown may make those people go into full Exorcism mode and have them turn their heads all the way around with his latest statement.
Speaking to MMA Junkie Radio, the surging welterweight believes he has the skills to beat GSP at his own game.
"I know where my wrestling stands," Brown said. "It's simply a matter of executing those abilities in the ring with 'GSP.' I can outwrestle him. I'm calling it right now."
No really he's serious. This isn't some kind of late April Fools joke.
"It sounds f---ing ridiculous, and everybody is going to laugh at me, and I know the forums, everybody's going to talk about how I'm delusional and this and that. ...I know where I'm at."
Brown trains with members of the Ohio State wrestling team and at the Ohio Regional Training Center, which hosts a number of Olympic hopefuls and World Team members. If he's putting in the time there, he may be right in that his wrestling would shock people, but that's only because few would peg Brown to survive, let alone win a wrestling meet with GSP.
Many welterweight title hopefuls attempt to peg one area of St. Pierre's game as the key to victory but very few, if any, have ever looked to beat GSP on the mat. Brown's ground game may be improving, but given what GSP has done, it's hard to imagine him stopping the fast and powerful takedowns of St. Pierre.
Given that GSP has already beaten better wrestlers like Josh Koscheck (twice), Jon Fitch, and Matt Hughes (twice) among others, is there anyone who'd give Brown a chance at outwrestling GSP? Well, any sober people?