Matt Brown, a UFC welterweight slugger, had declared his fight with Diego Sanchez at UFC Norfolk to be his retirement bout, where he scores an elbow knockout win.
From past few months, “Immortal” started to get the itch to compete again, perhaps forgetting these troubling comments he made in late 2016, and already has an opponent in mind for a potential 2018 return. It’s none other than former 170-pound No. 1 contender Carlos Condit.
Carlos Condit is currently riding on a three-fight losing streak, having come up short against Neil Magny at UFC 219. Brown isn’t doing much better, holding 1-3 over that same period of time, though his last fight did see him score a thrilling KO over Diego Sanchez. (transcript via BloodyElbow)
“I just started kind of questioning ‘What am I doing?’ And the first thing I went through was ‘How do I not make it happen again?’” Brown told Joe Rogan during a recent episode of the JRE MMA Show podcast.
“That gets very exhausting when you just think of ‘How? How? How?’ right? And I think through the Diego camp – because I announced retirement very early in the camp, like 12 weeks out – through the camp, everything went so well. I focused more on my own mind, and I started getting back into the ‘Why?’, and I started bringing clarity to that side of things.”
“Now I know why I’m doing what I’m doing. I feel much more comfortable, and now, it doesn’t matter on the performance anymore. Now, it’s about truly going out there and performing the best that I can.”
Matt Brown feels more rejuvenated and focused than ever was, hopes he can stretch his career little longer.
“To be honest, I think I’m f—ing hungrier than I ever was,” Brown said. ‘It just wasn’t clear. Again, it was all about the ‘How?’ I think I was hyper-focused on that, like ‘How do I get stronger?’ ‘How do I get faster?’ ‘How do I throw a better punch?’
“It’s just constant ‘Hows,’ and you forget, like ‘Why are you doing this, anyway?’”
Matt Brown to compete against Carlos Condit in the co-headliner at UFC’s FOX card in Glendale, Arizona on April 14th.