If it were up to UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, then Matt Brown would be retired by now.
The story leading into Brown’s bout against with Diego Sanchez on the main card of UFC Fight Night 120 this past Saturday night (November 11th, 2017) at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia, was that it would be his last fight.
Going into it, Brown was on a three-fight stoppage skid and made it clear that this would be his retirement fight. As seen in the fight, he broke that losing streak by landing a devastating elbow strike to knock out the always tough Sanchez.
Brown has been a pro-MMA fighter for twelve years now, and it’s not often to see fighters go out on top and on their terms, which made it for a special moment when Brown got his hand raised in the Octagon. With him picking up the win, he is now having seconds thoughts especially since more people have encouraged him to carry on with his career.
“I’ve definitely had more people tell me not to retire than to retire, that’s for sure,” Brown said during the post-fight press conference. “But to be honest, nobody other than me and my family really has any bearing on that and close friends. So I’m not even going to allow anybody else’s opinions to get into my mind like that.”
Make no mistake about it, both Sanchez and Brown are in the same situation as they are two veterans who are not getting older and have taken way too many beatings for their own good. However, they refuse to give up the fight game and continue to press on with their careers.
Cormier is very familiar with the situation and advises Brown stick to his original plans. He wrote the following on his official Twitter account:
“Matt Brown will fight again, it’s a tale as old as time. Guy wants to walk away and then has awesome performance, and he stays. Perfect ending Matt, I’d say walk away. You have talked of retirement, so it’s too late to stay Brother.”
Matt Brown will fight again, it’s a tale as old as time. Guy wants to walk away and then has awesome performance and he stays. Perfect ending Matt, I’d say walk away. You have talked of retirement so it’s too late to stay Brother.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) November 12, 2017