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Matt Brown: What’s Next? (Editorial)

After five consecutive victories, including four finishes, does Matt Brown deserve a Top-10 fighter?

Of course he does.

However, will the UFC be able to pair Brown up with someone currently ranked inside the Top-10? That remains to be seen.

Brown (17-11) has prolonged his Octagon career by going a perfect 5-0 since the calendar flipped from 2011 to 2012. He’s finished Chris Cope, Luis Ramos, Mike Swick and, most recently, Jordan Mein.

Since three straight losses in 2010, the 32-year-old has won six of seven fights – the lone defeat coming at the hands of Seth Baczynski via submission.

While Brown’s list of victims isn’t necessarily a who’s who of the stacked 170-pound division, it is hard not to take note of five consecutive victories when you are a UFC fighter.

When looking at the current rankings, names like Johny Hendricks, Carlos Condit and Demian Maia are not likely to be future foes for Brown.

Nick Diaz retired, Tarec Saffiedine and Robbie Lawler are facing each other, so that leaves Martin Kampmann and Josh Koscheck.

Kampmann has been talking about a return to action later this year after a loss last November to Hendricks, while Koscheck has been pretty quiet since a second straight defeat to Lawler in February.

Either of these fighters would make for an interesting encounter vs. Brown, but I’d prefer to see Kampmann take the slot. “The Hitman” is a known commodity, and would proof to be the biggest test of “The Immortal’s” career.