Matt Brown Discusses How Almost Getting Cut From The UFC Was The Best For Him
Posted by Larry Csonka on 05.06.2014
After losing three straight fights…
- Matt Brown recently spoke about almost getting cut from the UFC. Here are the highlights…
On Losing Three Fights in a Row in 2010: "I thought for sure that I was going to be cut. I was pretty much already looking at what other avenues I would pursue, because I was almost 100 percent convinced that I was going to be cut. After I lost that third fight I was sitting there going, ‘OK, it's over. I'm out of the UFC, at least for now. I'll have to find a different job,'" Brown said. "That's when I basically realized that it's not as bad as I made it out to be. It's definitely depressing, and it hurts your feelings, but life goes on. This isn't the only job in the world."
On Making Changes: "The big thing was, I had it in my mind that I had to go out there and win now," Brown said. "That kind of pressure isn't really helpful. When I thought I was cut I remember thinking, ‘Well, I've still got to take care of these kids, so we'll figure something out.' Then when I realized I wasn't cut it kind of reminded me that I'm going to take care of them either way, somehow, so I don't have to go out there and do anything. I don't even have to fight. This is something I've chosen to do, something I enjoy doing, and I'm fortunate that I get paid to do it. That just released the pressure for me."
On Doing His Best: "I kind of realized I could go out there and have fun, do the best I can, and if I'm good enough then I'm good enough, but if not I'll go do something else," Brown said. "Either way, I'll still have food on the table for my kids, and I'll still be a good fighter. My self-worth isn't based on the UFC or my performances in the cage."
On Not Looking Back: "But I've learned that you've got to keep your head up and keep looking through the windshield," said Brown. "You can't be looking in the rearview mirror all the time."