You know a UFC card is very promising and stacked, when Matt Brown is scheduled to compete on the prelims…
Yes, at UFC 189 tonight “The Immortal” will take on Tim Means, which if you follow MMA at all, you know has the makings of an unbelievable fight. After all, both men are extremely aggressive fighters, who have a habit of finishing their opponents in memorable fashion.
Means has been tapped to fight the promotion’s #5th ranked welterweight, thanks to a four fight winning streak, which most recently saw “The Dirty Bird” submit George Sullivan.
Brown, meanwhile, is looking to get back on track, as the contender has been decisioned by Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks in back-to-back bouts. Although the losses have come against a former champ in Hendricks, and the reigning champ in Brown, clearly the latter felt a change needed to be made.
Recently Brown appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the 34 year-old fighter relayed the following (quotes via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I’ve rededicated myself to the sport,” said Brown. “I’m coming into this fight as if it is my first UFC fight. I’m looking at it like it is a new beginning for me. I want to start a completely new path. I’ve changed my personal life and my training life.”
“I basically got rid of everything and just rebuilt everything. I sold all my guns – I have one for self-defense [left] – but I’m not shooting on the weekends now. I sold my jeep and all these other things that were kind of meaningless in my life. All these things add up; 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there. In the end, it has created a happier home life for me and a happier training life for me.”
So there you go. It’s going to be interesting to see how Brown looks against Means. Although the latter isn’t a top 15 ranked welterweight, he’s certainly looked capable of taking out top tier competition in his recent outings.
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.