UFC Champion Gives Heartfelt Advice To Matt Brown

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 […]

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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.”

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Daniel Cormier Urges Matt Brown to Embrace a “Perfect Ending”

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has openly reached out to Matt Brown to suggest that he may have the opportunity to walk away from MMA at the ‘perfect’ time Brown was on a three-fight skid heading into a bout with Diego Sanche…

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has openly reached out to Matt Brown to suggest that he may have the opportunity to walk away from MMA at the ‘perfect’ time Brown was on a three-fight skid heading into a bout with Diego Sanchez at UFC Norfolk on Saturday. Browns thunderous elbow ended that contest in the […]

Matt Brown Noncommittal About His Future In MMA

Leading into his slugfest 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, Matt Brown made it clear that this would be his retirement fight. The promotion even hyped it as his last fight with video packages […]

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Leading into his slugfest 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, Matt Brown made it clear that this would be his retirement fight.

The promotion even hyped it as his last fight with video packages before the fighters were about to step inside the Octagon.

However, following the fight, which saw him score a first-round knockout over Sanchez, Brown was noncommittal by stating that he would need to take time to make his decision.

“I don’t know, man. To be honest, I’m not even thinking about it right now,” Brown said when asked about his fighting future at Saturday night’s post-fight press conference. “To be honest, it’s not even really a thought in my mind. I’m thinking about enjoying tonight, and we’ll talk about it later.”

As a result of flatlining Sanchez with a ferocious standing elbow in UFC Norfolk’s co-main event, Brown snapped a three-fight losing streak in thunderous fashion. It also marked his first win over two years.

“With Diego, I was kinda trying to play it slow,” Brown explained (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting). “I didn’t even want to knock him out that fast. I mean, I shouldn’t say that I didn’t want to, but it wasn’t really in the gameplan. Like, I was kinda feeling him out and I was gathering my distance and setting things up for later rounds, and the opportunity just presented itself, just naturally.

“Just ending it feels good, more than anything. I felt like I needed a finish. I don’t know, I just wasn’t getting the job done, so I had to come out here and show that — at least show to myself that I’m better than I’ve been fighting.”

Even though it was a strong performance for Brown, it was bittersweet due to the fact that he holds so many great memories of watching Sanchez compete in the early days of the promotion.

Sanchez was one of Brown’s favorite fighters due to him inflicting such damage. It was a tough fight for him not only physically, but mentally.

“I told him, I said, ‘Man, I’ve got more respect for you than anybody in the game,’ and that’s a fact,” Brown said. “That’s true, man. I actually picked Diego to be champion way back in the day when he was in the UFC. I thought he would beat B.J. Penn when he fought for that title. I’ve been a huge fan of his since then.

“I was watching The Ultimate Fighter 1 with him on it and cheering him on. I think I even had King of Cage (videos) with him before he was even on The Ultimate Fighter, and I was loving the guy. I can’t say enough good things about Diego. There’s nobody else I would less rather do it to.”

“I’ve definitely had more people tell me not to retire than to retire, that’s for sure,” Brown said. “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.”

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UFC Fight Night 120 Bonuses: Four Fighters Nab $50,000

The UFC Fight Night 120 bonuses have been revealed. Last night (Nov. 11), UFC Fight Night 120 took place inside the Ted Convention Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The main card aired live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). Preliminary action was also seen on FS1 and …

The UFC Fight Night 120 bonuses have been revealed. Last night (Nov. 11), UFC Fight Night 120 took place inside the Ted Convention Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The main card aired live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). Preliminary action was also seen on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The main event saw Dustin Poirier earn […]

Diego Sanchez: Matt Brown’s Elbow Struck the Back of my Head

Diego Sanchez claims that he is making ‘no excuses’ for his knockout loss to Matt Brown at UFC Norfolk on Saturday night Sanchez does believe that the decisive blow was to the back of his head, however. While starting the fight off pretty w…

Diego Sanchez claims that he is making ‘no excuses’ for his knockout loss to Matt Brown at UFC Norfolk on Saturday night Sanchez does believe that the decisive blow was to the back of his head, however. While starting the fight off pretty well by hurting Brown with a kick to the midriff, Sanchez was probably […]

Diego Sanchez Issues Statement On Loss To Matt Brown

If you’re a fan of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 winner Diego Sanchez – and who isn’t – then his fight vs. fellow longtime veteran Matt Brown at last night’s (Sat. November 11, 2017) UFC Norfolk was hard to watch. Sanchez has been competing under the UFC banner since 2005 and has put on some […]

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If you’re a fan of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 winner Diego Sanchez – and who isn’t – then his fight vs. fellow longtime veteran Matt Brown at last night’s (Sat. November 11, 2017) UFC Norfolk was hard to watch.

Sanchez has been competing under the UFC banner since 2005 and has put on some of the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts of all time. After starting off his career 17-0 Sanchez has shared the Octagon with the likes of Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Nick Diaz, BJ Penn, Jake Ellenberger, Gilbert Melendez, Ricardo Lamas, Joe Lauzon, Al Iaquinta, and so many more. Last night he went to war with a fellow longtime veteran in Matt Brown, and it didn’t end too well for “The Nightmare.”

After starting off the round rather aggressively, including a few failed takedown attempts and some wild shots, Sanchez had one of several thrown kicks caught by Brown, who then loaded up and unleashed a hellacious elbow that rendered Sanchez unconscious. The loss marked Sanchez’s fourth of his last six and his second consecutive KO defeat.

Shortly after the bout Sanchez took to social media to release a statement, and despite the opinion of many within the MMA community, he expressed his intentions to continue on with his fighting career:

“I love y’all fans hope you guys liked the fight, what can I say but it hurts to let down the family. But that’s the fight game. I still have fight in me I’m not done yet I know that @iamtheimmortal what a classy competitor”

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