UFC Welterweight fighter Matt “The Immortal” Brown is currently on a three-fight winning streak in The Ultimate Fighting Championship, with notable victory over Ultimate Fighter 8 winner James Wilks in his last fight at UFC 105. “The Immortal” will face probably his toughest test so far in his next fight against Ricardo Almeida at UFC 111, as a victory over a decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt will significantly raise Brown’s stakes in UFC Welterweight Title contendership.
With less than two months before his fight against Almeida, Matt Brown answered to six questions from LowKick.com regarding his future, Fedor Emelianenko and Rampage Jackson’s coaching abilities:
LK: Which fighter in your opinion will make his breakthrough year in 2010?
LK: You are currently on an impressive three-fight winning streak, and it looks like you finally got stability in your performances. What is next for you in the UFC and when in your opinion you will get a shot at the Welterweight title?
MB: Ricardo Almeida is next, UFC 111… I am not even thinking about a title shot. If I keep working hard and training hard then good things will happen, what those good things are I will find out as time passes.
LK: You were a member of Team Forrest on Ultimate Fighter 7, competing against Team Rampage. What did you think then about Rampage Jackson as a coach, and what can you say about his coaching abilities in general in light of his humiliating 8-1 defeat to Team Rashad on The Ultimate Fighter 10?
MB: I think Rampage is a perfectly capable coach. It was not his fault his team lost 8-1. After being on that show I can say that there is much more behind the scenes than what you think. I do think the Rampages team could have made better decisions on matchmaking when they had control, but it’s always easy to be an armchair quarterback.
LK: If you were fighting in the Heavyweight division, who would you pick as your opponent?
MB: Fedor. He’s number one, why wouldn’t anyone want to fight him?
LK: Besides Mixed Martial Arts, what are the other activities you like to do?
MB: Motorcycling, dirtbiking, video games.
LK: Do you think that Brock Lesnar would have a good chance against Fedor Emelianenko?
MB: Of course he has a chance. As does Werdum and many others. Fedor is human and he can be beat. He is a very resilient fighter, escapes bad positions very well and hits very hard. Someday he will most likely get beat but, personally, I wouldn’t ever pick against him.