Fan favorite Matt Brown may very well hang it up after tonight (Sat., Nov. 11, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 120 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia, when he takes on promotional workhorse Diego Sanchez.
Brown, 36, is well removed from his days as a legitimate contender in the UFC’s 170-pound division. “The Immortal” still offers fans some of the best action you could ever ask for, but after suffering a litany of injuries, including a scary concussion, Brown is more than contemplating retirement.
However, Brown’s future after fighting is currently the last thing on his mind, as the 22-fight UFC veteran gears up for a war against “The Nightmare.”
“(Retirement is) not really on my mind, to be honest,” Brown told MMAjunkie after a workout for fans earlier this week. “I’m focused on Saturday. I’ll revisit that next week (and) over the holidays with family and friends and we’ll figure everything out then.”
Win or lose, Brown is going to have to make a decision after this weekend in Norfolk. It is often said that once a fighter starts thinking about retiring then it may be time to step away. So even though Brown acknowledges that his thoughts about retirement may have been in the moment, the natural digression of a fighter leads us to believe “Immortal” is becoming, well, mortal.
“It was kind of a moment thing,” Brown said. “But at the same time, I think a huge part of it is I’m scared of retirement. I don’t know what I’m going to do – I never gave myself a Plan B. I never gave myself a way out. And that kind of motivates me. I can’t be afraid of something. It could end at any day. I could tear an ACL or have a heart attack. You don’t know. I’ve never been one to back down from things I fear. That’s probably the biggest fear right now – retirement.”
If Brown is able to get past Sanchez, who is moving back up to 170 pounds for the first time since losing a decision to Jake Ellenberger back in 2012, it will be interesting to see what “Immortal” decides to do. Victory can always prolong the will to compete, especially when it comes to a fighter who has lost five out of his last six appearances.
“The past few fights have not been indicative of what I can actually do,” Brown said. “I try to just kind of put it out of my mind. I’m approaching this fight like I’ve never fought before and I’m never going to fight again. Just (Saturday) is the only thing on my mind, and I don’t have anything else that’s affecting my mental state at all.”
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