TUF 7 vet Matt Brown has given pretty much all there is to give in the Octagon, and with only one win coming out of his last six fights, the inevitable talk of retirement has entered into the question. So much so that supposedly his next fight – against Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 120 – will be his last.
It would be a retirement well earned. Putting Matt Brown in the cage means putting in someone will bring the violence.
Brown talked about his decision on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour“.
According to Brown (20-16), retirement thoughts emerged before his most recent fight against Donald Cerrone last December.
“Maybe that wasn’t necessarily when I first felt it, but that was when I came to the realization that it’s something I should start really thinking about,” Brown said. “Because when I was sitting in the locker room, it literally crossed my mind to not even walk out. I thought about just walking outside, getting an Uber, going back to the hotel and just being done with it. It wasn’t out of fear, it wasn’t out of nerves, it was just no excitement. I was kind of tired, a little bored. And just like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I feel like doing this right now.’
“I didn’t get into this to be a journeyman, or to be in second place, I came into this to be a champion and I got very, very close to that, I think I was one round away from beating Robbie Lawler and getting to a title shot. Being that I got that close, right now, I don’t feel like I have that hunger inside my heart that’s going to get me back to that point and that’s not to say I won’t ever come back one day. I don’t plan on pulling out of the USADA testing pool and I don’t plan on canceling my UFC contract because I’d like to keep that just in case there. But I’m not going to come back unless I plan on making a run for the title.”