Down but never out, if there was ever a statement that epitomised the character and resolve of Matt “The Immortal” Brown, it’s this one. As a former drug addict and alcoholic, this Welterweight stand out knows almost everything there is to know about overcoming fear and triumphing in the face of adversity, it’s the fire in which his career was forged. Therefore the Ohio born fighter is no stranger to dealing with bad situations by dusting himself off and coming again, in fact more often than not he does so stronger.
Last weekend at UFC 185, Brown suffered his second straight loss as he was outwrestled and soundly beaten by a resurgent Johny Hendricks in a fight many believed would decide the next challenger for the Welterweight title currently held by Robbie Lawler. Incidentally it was Lawler that began that two fight losing streak when he defeated “The Immortal” in San Jose in July last year, ending Brown’s seven fight unbeaten streak that stretched back to February the 4th of 2012.
Despite this skid, the losses to a former champion and the current one show Brown that he belongs at the top of the sport and it is his belief that he has what it takes to win UFC gold. In a recent interview on The Great MMA Debate Podcast he said, “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. I just fought the two previous champions and I know where I’m at.” This level of honesty in recognising that he isn’t far away from his final goal will undoubtedly sustain Brown and help him process his recent losses to Hendricks and Lawler. Indeed it is this honesty combined with the strength of Brown’s belief that he will one day have his hand raised as a UFC champion, which will prove integral to getting back in the win column and on track for a shot at the UFC’s 170 pound belt.
When Hendricks beat Brown this past weekend it was through the utilisation of his superior wrestling and top control when on the ground, this is likely to be where Brown will look to improve as he goes back to the drawing board. From his point of view it was all too easy for Johny Hendricks to take him down and keep him there whilst neutralising the danger that Brown poses off his back. A long time Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt with 5 submission wins in his career, “The Immortal” offered very little off his back against Hendricks’ heavy top game and ground and pound, this will have annoyed Brown. But the ease with which he ended up on his back will be more of a cause for concern, Hendricks timed his takedowns exceptionally well to nullify Brown’s striking and did not allow him to initiate the clinch which the Ohio native uses to effectively. Furthermore this stopped Brown imposing his will and relentless pace on the fight, but what Brown must not do is over criticise his performance because Hendricks executed a stringently designed game plan and looked in the best shape he’s ever been in whilst fighting in the UFC. However I would say that “The Immortal” could do with a clearer game plan himself when fighting the upper echelon of the Welterweight division, as against both Lawler and Hendricks he looked somewhat lost for an answer to an opponent that gets his number early.
Matt Brown’s resolve has certainly been tested by the results of his last two contests but he remains positive in his pursuit of UFC gold, he has seemingly taken the losses on the chin and is prepared to grind towards his goal. The way in which he has allowed these set-backs to motivate him is a scary prospect for his next opponent, though we don’t know yet who this will be, many are looking at the winner of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 62’s main event between Damien Maia and Ryan LaFlare as a potential match up for Brown in his next UFC outing. Whether it is Maia, LaFlare or anyone else, Brown’s next opponent will know that they face a motivated man looking for redemption and that Matt Brown, with his back to the wall, is surely one of the most intimidating sights to see standing across the octagon.
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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