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UFC 259 Results: Sean Brady Is Ready for the Top-15

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Sean Brady continues to knock down every welterweight who steps in front of him. Following his submission of Jake Matthews at UFC 259, it’s evident that he’s ready for the division’s top-15.

Brady improved to 14-0, 4-0 UFC with his victory over the weekend. The Philadelphia native displayed solid striking against the formidable Matthews, but it was his dominant grappling that once again stole the show. In the end, it was an arm triangle from the half guard that forced the tap.

Sean Brady def. Jake Matthews Via Arm Triangle

After his suffocating performance, Brady caught up with Joe Rogan to relay his desire of facing a ranked opponent next.

“Yeah man I’m stoked,” Brady expressed, “Jake’s (Matthews) a super tough guy – I’m 4-0 in the UFC and I’m 14-0 overall – I think I should get a big name. Jake beat the #12 guy, ‘The Leech’ (Li Jingliang), so technically I should take his spot and me and him should fight. Or something like that, I just think I deserve a top-15 guy so let’s see what they give me after this.”

At the post-fight presser, UFC President Dana White shared his high praise for the unbeaten 28-year-old welterweight.

“Yeah there’s no doubt about it that guy’s an absolute stud man,” White affirmed. “The Matthews fight for him was a big fight and you’re right Matthews is tough as nails, has a great record, and Brady looked good tonight… again.”

Sean Brady was scheduled to fight Belal Muhammad on last year’s final card, but it was canceled. In his post-fight interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Brady named Muhammad and a few others as guys he’d love to face.

“In the top-15,” he quickly pondered, “I mean Robbie Lawler‘s in there. Demian Maia‘s in there, Demian’s obviously very high, but I’d fight any of them. So whoever they give me, if they’re in the top-15, I’m signing.”

Maybe not next, but a fight between Sean Brady and Demian Maia would be a fascinating grappling showcase. Training under the tutelage of Daniel Gracie at Renzo Gracie Philly, Brady is quickly proving to be one of the best grapplers in the sport. Moreover, if the UFC 259 results taught us anything, it’s that he can make fighters with BJJ black belts look like amateurs.

With all honesty, Brady’s Jingliang callout makes a lot of sense. “The Leech” is coming off a TKO win over Santiago Ponzinibbio earlier this year. Additionally, he’s a viable next step up in competition for the rising Brady. However, there is still the possibility of a Brady-Muhammad fight in the near future.

Who do you want to see Sean Brady test his undefeated record against next? Leave your thoughts in the comment section!


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Ryan Truland is an experienced MMA writer for Overtimeheroics.net. Ryan regularly conducts interviews with athletes, provides creative pieces, and whatever else is needed to keep readers up to date with the latest and greatest MMA content.