No. 5-ranked UFC welterweight Matt Brown saw a seven-fight win streak disappear when he lost a hotly contested war to Robbie Lawler in the main event of last night’s (Sat., July 6, 2014) UFC on FOX 12 from the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
“The Immortal” put forth a valiant effort in defeat, eating a ton of shots and rocking Lawler with several of his own. The hard-nosed veteran shouldn’t fall too much in the rankings, if at all, as he absorbed combinations that would have probably dropped most 170-pound fighters in the world.
But there could have been a much different result, as “Ruthless” seemingly rocked Brown with a third round body kick, only to see “The Immortal” earn a temporary delay in action when he signified that it was a low blow to official John McCarthy.
Replays showed that the blow was indeed legal, and Brown was apparently saved from pending doom. Many fans were quick to blast Brown for supposedly faking the illegal blow, but the gritty Ohio native took to his Facebook account to address his haters:
“First off thanks to #theimmortalarmy for your constant support. Second off I’ve read some things saying that said I faked the nut shot. I would never do that in my f—— life. That’s bulls—. Period. End of story. “
The hard charging, finish-hunting Brown is known as one of the toughest fighters in all of MMA, and he proved that last night. He’s not one to gain an advantage by bending the rules, and he congratulated Lawler with a show of respect for his fellow warrior:
Congrats @Ruthless_RL… Fighters like us are an endangered species. Iron sharpens iron so both our blades will cut deeper from now on.
— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) July 27, 2014
Brown, who went to the hospital after the fight last night, may be facing a somewhat lengthy medical suspension after possibly breaking his hand in the fifth round. “The Immortal” was proved to be human in San Jose, but when he heals up, he’ll begin a new assault on the UFC welterweight ranks.
He’s still one of the most exciting fighters in the Octagon, and it should be nothing but top-ranked opponents for him from here on out. Who will be the next test for the Cincinnati slugger?
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