"I know where my wrestling stands," Brown told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio
). "It's simply a matter of executing those abilities in the ring with 'GSP.' I can outwrestle him. I'm calling it right now.
"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 (18-11 MMA, 11-5 UFC) is ready to hear the critics, though they might be in short supply at the moment. At this past Saturday's UFC Fight Night 26, he knocked out Mike Pyle (25-9-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) in 29 seconds to notch his sixth straight UFC win.
Afterward, Brown departed from earlier victory speeches by calling out St-Pierre, who's next scheduled to fight Hendricks at UFC 167 in November.
At the post-fight press conference for UFC Fight Night 26, which took place at Boston's TD Garden, "The Immortal" said he was in the fight business for one reason alone – "to beat GSP's ass."
Although he might be one or perhaps two fights away from a title shot, Brown is certain that he won't be like other fighters who favor striking and spend 25 minutes on their back with the welterweight champ.
"I don't think [St-Pierre has] ever fought anybody that can put the kind of pressure that I put on him, and I think I can stop his takedowns," Brown said. "His best chance is to get a takedown. People haven't seen my wrestling. I'm training with the best wrestlers in the world right now, and I'm getting pretty damn good at it."
By now, fans are used to hearing welterweights declare themselves different from the pack. Brown said if the fans don't believe him (and let's face it, they probably won't), they should ask his training partners at the Ohio State wrestling team and the Ohio Regional Training Center, which hosts Olympic hopefuls and World Team members.
"I haven't really been able to show it much lately, just because of the matchups," he said. "But I'm going to shock some people, man. My wrestling is coming up to a very high level."