Many people thought Matt Brown would be retired by now.
If you recall, the MMA veteran planned on retiring following 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.
The promotion even hyped it as his last fight with video packages before the fighters were about to step inside the Octagon. 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.
According to Brown, his retirement thoughts came about prior to his fight against Donald Cerrone last December, which was his most recent bout. As seen in the fight against Cerrone, Brown suffered a KO loss after getting hit by a nasty head kick in the third round. This marked the first time that Brown had ever been knocked unconscious like that.
It also was the second consecutive time he’d been finished with strikes following a TKO loss to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201.
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 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.”
“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.”
UFC light heavyweight champion 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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