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Sheeley, Brown continue their UFC success

Scott Sheeley and Matt Brown have become a lethal combination in the UFC.


Matt Brown of Columbus celebrates his win over Mike Pyle in their UFC on Fox Sports 1 mixed martial arts bout Saturday in Boston. Brown, who is trained by Bellefontaine’s Scott Sheeley, won via 1st round TKO. (AP PHOTO | GREGORY PAYAN)

Since he began working with Sheeley, who runs Ohio Fitness and Martial Arts in Bellefontaine, a couple of years ago, Brown’s UFC career has taken off.

With Sheeley in his corner, Brown took another big step forward Saturday night in Boston. He knocked out Mike Pyle in the first round of a nationally televised fight on Fox Sports 1.

Pyle had no chance against Brown. The fight was stopped just 29 seconds into the opening round. Brown stunned Pyle with a right-handed punch and followed with a knee blow. That sent Pyle to the ground and Brown quickly finished him off with a flurry of punches.

“I was absolutely surprised it ended that fast,” said Brown this morning. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a fight end that quickly.”

The win was the sixth in a row for Brown, a Jamestown native who now resides in Columbus. Five of those wins have been by stoppage.

“Scott has done a great job with me,”said Brown. “He keeps my head on straight and keeps everything organized.”

With the victory, Brown appears to have a strong chance to get a welterweight title bout.

“I don’t think Ideserve anything, but this is what I do and I would love to have a chance to fight for a title,” said Brown.

“He probably has one more fight left (until a title fight),” said Sheeley. “The way things look right now, Matt has another fight to go and then he would get his chance.”

Sheeley ran Brown’s training camp for the fight, which took place in Colorado.

“It was a great camp,” said Sheeley. “Matt told me this was the best camp he has ever had.

“What I’ve tried to do with my coaching is center everything around the guy who is fighting. In some camps, you have a bunch of guys working out together. What has worked for us is to gear the camp around the one guy.”

The main event for the inaugural UFC Fight Night Series on the new Fox Sports 1 was a heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Sonnen was victorious, taking the match by submission in the opening round.

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