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Matt Brown Says He’s Had “no Real Hunger in My Heart” For Recent Bouts

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Matt Brown has lost three straight fights now, and it looks like the welterweight contender’s considering his future in fighting as a result.

It wasn’t that long ago when Brown was riding a seven fight winning streak, and accordingly, he was placed in pivotal bouts against the likes of Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Brown proceeded to lose those fights via decision, but rebounded in July, 2015, when he submitted Tim Means.

But, since then, the rugged vet has been finished by Demian Maia, Jake Ellenberger and more recently Donald Cerrone. As a result, Brown has dropped all the way to #13 in the 170 ranks.

Recently “The Immortal One” appeared on the “5ive Rounds” podcast, and Brown reported the following (quote via ESPN):

“I hate to sound like I’m making excuses, but these last few fights I’ve went in with no real hunger in my heart,” said Brown, while reflecting on his bout with Cerrone. “Last fight, I remember being in the back warming up and I said to myself, ‘Man, I’d rather go back to the hotel and chill. I don’t even feel like being here.’

“And I guess that third round, that’s what happened. I relaxed even more. A lot of people are talking about, ‘He shouldn’t have shook hands or gave him that hug.’ I look back on it myself and say, ‘I never would have done that a few years ago. I never would have hugged a guy. If a guy came up to hug me, I’d punch him in the face for it.'”

Brown also relayed that he plans to take an extended brake, and that he needs to determine if he’s “peaked out”. In other words, if the 36 year-old decides that he can’t go any higher than he’s been, the fifth ranked welterweight in the world, he’s going to retire.

It will be interesting to see what the fan favorite decides. There’s certainly some match-ups at the top that a lot of fans would like to see.

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