Matt Brown’s mixed martial arts (MMA) career will come to and end after he goes toe-to-toe with Diego Sanchez this Saturday night (Nov. 11, 2017) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 120 from inside Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. It’s a career that spans 13 years, having spent the last decade fighting the best of the best inside the Octagon.
But, at 36 years of age, “Immortal” says it’s time to settle down to a more family-oriented lifestyle.
“This fight with Diego is going to be my retirement fight. This will be the last time I step into a UFC Octagon. It’s hard to think about that because there’s a lot of goals that I didn’t accomplish that I wanted to accomplish and I have the ability to accomplish. This is the constant roller coaster when you are a fighter. Hopefully, we can settle down a little bit and find a more family-oriented life. Even though I didn’t accomplish the dreams I set out to accomplish, I was very, very close. It wasn’t like I set my bar low. I set my bar as high as it could be. I wanted to be UFC champion from day one. I got just hairs away from that goal. I thank UFC, Dana, the Fertitta’s, WME, they have always treated me very well. I always had a lot of support from them and they gave me the opportunity to go chase those dreams and to grab on to them.”
Brown racked up a 13-10 record with UFC, earning signature wins over Stephen Thompson and Erick Silva along the way. “Immortal” came close to getting to the big dance back in 2014, but Robbie Lawler put an end to his seven-fight win streak, and “Ruthless” went on to defeat Johny Hendricks to win the Welterweight title in his next bout.
Despite never winning a UFC world title, Brown left an imprint on the sport, entertaining fight fans for years with his push forward striking style that earned him numerous “Fight Night” bonuses. And since Sanchez has a similar mindset, don’t be surprised to see the two men put on another bonus-winning performance.
To see who else is fighting at UFC Fight Night 120 click here.