Following Matt Brown’s decision loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC 185, some folks may have closed the book on his championship run, but “The Immortal”, not surprisingly, isn’t one of them.
Brown put up a determined effort against Hendricks, but the latter’s wrestling and top game was too much for the welterweight, and “Bigg Rigg” earned a unanimous decision win. The defeats was Brown’s second straight, as last July, he was outscored by reigning champ Robbie Lawler, and also lost the bout via UD.
Well, the 34 year-old contender talk to the “Great MMA Debate” podcast following Saturday’s defeat, and Brown relayed he still has his sights set on becoming UFC champ (comments via FOX Sports.com):
“I lost but I’m not defeated. I’m only disappointed in myself. I know in my heart, with every ounce of energy in me, I can be a champion,” Brown said.
“I just fought the two previous champions and I know where I’m at. I’m honest enough person if that really, truly say if that wasn’t the case. I’d sit here and say ‘I cannot be champion, I’m going to fight for fun because I f—ing just love fighting and I’m going to go out there and swing for the fences and get Fight of the Night and go home’. That’s something I wouldn’t care doing that until I’m 40 years old. But I know I can be champion.”
While most would agree that Brown needs to shore up his wrestling further, it is worth noting that the Ohio fighter has been written off before. Following his submission loss to Seth Baczynski in 2011, few people, if any, were predicting that Brown would go on to become a top five ranked welterweight. At the time, his UFC record stood at 5-5.
The fearless striker went on to win seven straight, however, and scored stoppages in six of the bouts. During that time. he took out notable opponents like Jordan Mein, Erick Silva, Mike Pyle, Stephen Thompson and Mike Swick. So, clearly, Brown has the mindset and work ethic needed to turn things around. Brown’s overall record now stands at 19-13.
UFC 185 went down at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.