Matt ‘The Immortal’ Brown personifies grit and toughness. He started MMA to get away from drugs and partying. The nickname comes from surviving a heroin overdose that nearly killed him.
He entered season 7 of TUF with a 7-6 record. There he lost to Amir Sadollah in the quarter finals, who would in turn go on to lose in the finals to C.B. Dollaway.
Brown beat Matt Arroyo in his UFC debut, and then lost a split decision to Dong Hyun Kim. He rebounded by winning three in a row. Then he lost three in a row. That would be it for many fighters.
Next he won one and lost one again. But then The Immortal took off.
From 2012 to 2014 Brown won seven fights in a row. The last three won performance bonuses, two of them Fight of the Night. Then Brown lost to Robbie Lawler in a title eliminator, but that too was the Fight of the Night.
Brown has gone 1-4 since, but the losses were to beasts Johny Hendricks, Demian Maia, Jake Ellenberger, and Cowboy Cerrone.
After the Ellenberger fight, Brown suffered serious post-concussion symptoms, including slurred speech and short-term memory issues. His next fight was in December; Brown was knocked out by a Cerrone high kick in Round 3.
The one certain thing about Matt Brown is that he will always be tough, and it will always be exciting. The other side of that is that exciting fights cost the fighter. Brown has wisely decided to retire after his next fight.
Brown appeared recently on the “Loper and Randi Show” and explained why.
“I literally just put it up yesterday but it’s crossed my mind a million times,” said Brown, as transcribed by Damon Martin for MMA Weekly. “I think in just about every training camp like what the hell am I [doing this for], especially somewhere right in the middle to the end of training camp. It’s just your body’s beat up and you’re tired and it’s like what the hell am I doing? This is crazy. This is the last time I’m doing this.
“This time I’ve been feeling that a little too much and I really just made the decision yesterday. I can’t keep thinking about it forever. If it’s going to be on my mind, I might as well just go ahead and do it.”
“I just feel like I’m ready to move onto the next thing. I’m not as excited about fighting as I once was, like it doesn’t spark that fire that it used to. I don’t have that same hunger that I used to. I took close to a year off, almost a year when I actually fight that I’ve taken off and I thought maybe that would re-energize the fire or whatever. That was kind of the motivation for taking the time off. I was like I need to get that fire back and I guess it just didn’t come back as much as I thought it would.
“I think I’m a smart enough person that I don’t need to hold myself to just one career for too long. When I’m bored of it I can move on and I can be successful in whatever venture I go onto next.”
“What I really want to do is go do bigger, better and greater things that aren’t just about me. Right now, it’s about you’ve been so great and we love being on the ride watching you but I’d like to give back.
“I want to do something just as amazing but not necessarily about me.”
And if there is one other fighter in the UFC who rivals Brown from grittiness and toughness, it’s Diego Garcia. The pair fight in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 120: Poirier vs. Pettis on November 11, 2017 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. You can’t call yourself an MMA fan and miss this fight.