Due to the caliber of fights that we witnessed at last night’s (July 11, 2015) UFC 189 from Las Vegas, Nevada, some may be forgetting about the spectacular performance dished out by No. 5-ranked welterweight Matt “The Immortal” Brown.
After losing two straight to the division’s champion Robbie Lawler and No. 1-contender Johny Hendricks, Brown returned last night to meet the previously surging Tim Means in the featured prelim bout, and got the ball rolling with a slick submission win. As far as being on the prelims, “The Immortal” mentioned at the post-fight presser that he deserved it after losing two straight:
“It was somewhat of a demotion that was deserved; I lost two in a row, so I deserved it,” he said.
Although Means may be a lesser known fighter, he is most definitely not a less talented fighter as he had Brown hurt numerous times in the first round. However, in typical Brown fashion, “The Immortal” battled back and he feels as if it was a coming out fight for him. Last night also marked the UFC’s launch of new Reebok uniforms as well as a new drug testing program and the Ohio native feels as if he rebranded himself just like the promotion did:
“To me, personally, this was sort of a coming out fight,” he said after the event. “This was me getting back on track. This was me getting back to where I almost got to before. Just how the UFC rebranded, I rebranded myself tonight.”
Prior to his previous two-fight losing streak, Brown had won a super impressive seven-straight and was on the brink of a title shot before falling to the division’s elite. However, he believes that he belongs at the top, and he proclaimed last night that he’s coming for the belt, and he will get it or die trying:
“I’m coming for that title,” Brown said. “I’m going to get that title or I’m going to die trying.”
Brown may have to wait some time and win a few more fights as No. 3-ranked Tyron Woodley and Hendricks are probably ahead of him in the title race, but the belt was also defended last night, meaning the division should be moving along, well maybe.
Lawler defended his title against No. 2-ranked Rory MacDonald last night in what was one of the best fights of all time. Both men threw everything they had, and both men left bloody and went to the hospital with the “Ruthless” one securing a fifth-round TKO victory. Talking on that fight, “The Immortal” one said plain and simple that it was a beautiful fight, saying that both fighters are warriors, and that he knows he can hang with them:
“Beautiful fight, amazing fight,” he said. “Both of those guys are f-cking warriors from beginning to end, and I love it, and those are the kind of guys I want to fight. I think me and Hendricks are the only ones to go the distance with Robbie, so I know that I can be at that level. I know that I can win that fight, and I know a lot of people want to see that fight because that’s going to be another war.”
Having faced off with Lawler before and going the distance, that’s a rematch Brown wants, and he believes he will get it:
“Me and Robbie, every single time we get in the cage, it’s going to be in a war. So I absolutely 100 percent want it and I’m going to do everything I can to get it.”
Where does “The Immortal” one go from here?