To say things are going “swell” in the career of Matt “The Immortal” Brown is an understatement, as the man who was once considered by many to be a gatekeeper at 170 pounds, has won five straight bouts and is knocking on the door of the top ten rankings. Up next, at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 on August 17th, the rugged vet will take on former number one contender Thiago Alves. If Brown takes out Alves, then it will be extremely difficult for critics to dismiss the 32 year-old’s impressive run.
While Brown is still a couple of key wins away from title contention, that doesn’t mean the Ohio fighter hasn’t thought about throwing down with reigning champion Georges St. Pierre. In fact, in a recent interview Brown did for the legendary forum The Underground, the TUF vet shared this interesting comment, when asked about who he wants to fight before his career is done.
GSP is the only person I want to fight. And I want it while he’s in his prime. I have what it takes to beat him. The UG can talk all the dumb s— they want (I read it, f—ers), but I know myself. His style matches up horribly with mine. I have tougher matchups getting to GSP than GSP himself.
Wow. You don’t hear that too often, especially considering St. Pierre has defeated so many top fighters on account of his lengthy run as champ. Another of the interview’s intriguing answers was when Brown was asked about what it means to him to be a fighter.
I am a fighter at heart. It is who I am. I think nothing more about it than I do about being a male, or having brown eyes, or having two arms and two legs. It is who I am. I am not a martial artist. I just compete in martial arts competitions for money. I am a fighter. I study different martial arts and train the techniques regularly, but I do it primarily for the purpose of becoming a better fighter. I very much enjoy the fact that I can simply be myself and make good money doing it. After I am done with fighting in martial arts competitions, I will continue onto a career fighting in other ways. It is who I am and who I will always be. I’ll be fighting ‘til the day I die, in or out of a cage/ring.
And, he’s rather good at it to. Case in point, Brown is coming off stoppage wins over Mike Swick and Jordan Mein. Alves vs. Brown should be a barn burner.
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