Brown vs. Wilks

A main card bout of UFC 105 is a welterweight contest between Matt “The Immortal” Brown and James “Lightning” Wilks.

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Brown enters the fight as the favorite according to online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. Brown has a betting line of -160 while Wilks is at +130. Here is a closer look at both fighters heading into this bout, which will take place from the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England at 8PM ET on Spike TV.
Matt Brown (10-7):
Strengths
: Brown is an overall tough guy that has a lot of intensity. He is a well-rounded fighter that can knockout his opponents, but he has also shown plenty of submission skills in his career, winning five times by submission. Brown doesn’t like fights to go the distances as all of his wins are by stoppage.
Weaknesses: Brown’s biggest weakness could be his technique in his punching and ground defense. He has power, but he doesn’t necessarily have great skills with his punching. He is a little stiff and leaves himself open when exchanging. Brown has struggled when taken to the ground as he has not been able to fight off his back and get back to a standing position.
Last Five Fights:
First round TKO win over Pete Sell at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009

Second round submission win over Ryan Thomas at UFC 91 on Nov. 15, 2008

Split decision loss to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 88 on Sept. 6, 2008

Second round TKO win over Matt Arroyo at Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21, 2008

Second round submission loss to Chris Lytle at UFL on Aug. 11, 2007
 
James Wilks (6-2):
Strengths: Wilks is the Ultimate Fighter Season Nine winner in the welterweight division. Wilks has won four straight fights, with three coming by submission. The ground is Wilks home as four of his six career wins are by submission. Wilks has shown he can thrown strikes as well, getting a TKO win in August of 2008.
Weaknesses: Wilks hasn’t really been tested in his career. Saturday will be his first fight against a legitimate UFC veteran in Brown. We haven’t quite seen how Wilks responds when faced with adversity, as he has been able to control his most recent fights from the opening bell. Wilks’ chin also hasn’t been test like it will on Saturday, as his striking is clearly the weakest part of his fighting game.
Last Five Fights:
First round submission win over Damarques Johnson at Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on June 20, 2009

Second round submission win over Mike Robles at GC 85 on Oct. 25, 2008

First round TKO win over John Cole at AF 1 on Aug. 7, 2008

Second round submission win over Shawn Nagano at UAGF on May 20, 2006

Unanimous decision loss to Patrick Speight at TC 13 on March 11, 2006
 
Who will win: In order for Wilks to win this fight, he has to get Brown to the ground and lock in a submission. Brown will leave himself open at times for Wilks, but Wilks will have to eat some strong punches to get the fight to the ground. Ultimately, Brown seems to have the better overall package. Wilks will have the hometown edge, being from England, but Brown looks to be too strong. Look for Brown to win by decision or a third round TKO.
Additional Line: Over/Under 9 minutes for fight length. Over (-130) and Under (even)
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Posted: 11/13/09 1:04PM ET

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