Without a doubt, 2012 proved to be a comeback year for UFC welterweight Matt “The Immortal” Brown (16-11, MMA) who was the only fighter in the UFC to win four fights last year. After a tumultuous downward spiral, things looked up for Brown who told MMA Fight Corner in a recent interview that he thought all was lost and he’d be cut from the promotion.
However, in the face of adversity, Brown has since turned everything around. Never the type to use excuses as a crutch, Brown couldn’t really put a finger on what specifically turned the tables in his favor.
“The fact is, there wasn’t like really one turning point. Things happen in life, I could make a billion excuses for why I’ve had losses or whatever, but s*** happens. Life takes its turns. I wish that it wasn’t like that. I wish I could be more consistent, but that’s something I’ve been focusing on. Everyday I work as hard as I can and let everything take care of itself,” said Brown.
“I lost three in a row. I thought 100 percent sure I was cut. I thought my UFC career was over for the time being. There was definitely a point there where I was pretty down on myself and was thinking, ‘Am I even good enough to be in the UFC?’ And I’ve still got a lot to prove to myself more than anybody else. I’m not out there fighting for the title yet, or in the talks about being in the top two or three contenders, I don’t have any belt around my waist, so I still got a lot to prove.”
“Mainly it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication,” Brown later continued. “But, it wasn’t so much like I switched anything for the good as it was I just got rid of the negative. I don’t know if that makes sense, but there was just a lot of negative things that happened to me – not necessarily things in my control. And the way I responded to them wasn’t the right way and I think that came through in my fights and my performances. At this point, I think I’ve learned to deal with life a little bit better, grew up a little bit and matured. And that’s what it’s all about. That’s what being a martial artist is about and that’s what life is all about.
“I think I’ve grown a lot, and learned a lot. And now something bad can happen to me, or something negative can happen in my life and it’s not going to affect me as much as a person or when doing my job.”
As Brown prepares to square off against “The Young Gun” at UFC on FOX 7 on April 20, he’s been mixing it up with training camps. While he’d love to train in his native Ohio to prepare and be closer to his family ahead of fights, circumstances have forced him to travel all over in order to tussle with the best in all facets of the game. Currently training in Colorado ahead of the scrap in San Jose, CA, Brown’s only focus is to bring home a victory. With relentless tenacity and a positive mindset, look for Brown to give Jordan Mein the challenge of a lifetime.