Matt Brown Discusses His Mental Toughness Ahead of Saturday’s Clash With Robbie Lawler
Posted by Larry Csonka on 07.22.2014
A title shot is on the line…
- Matt Brown recently spoke about his focus ahead of Saturday's fight with Robbie Lawler. Here are the highlights…
On Proper Focus: "But it's a really, really difficult thing. Because ultimately all those things you're trying to do – focusing on the moment, not thinking about the outcome – are all for the purpose of winning. So for the purpose of winning, you're trying not to think about winning."
On Having Mental Toughness: "It can be everything," Brown said. "If you've got two guys in there who are similar athletically, it's going to come down to mental toughness. At this level, if you don't have mental toughness, you're going to have problems right away. I think mental toughness can overcome athleticism way more than athleticism can overcome mental toughness."
On Keeping Himself in Check: "Sometimes I'll get on the aerodyne (bike) and crank it out as hard as I can, just imagine the fight happening in front of me, and when I imagine him swinging a punch at me, I'll just crank the aerodyne a little bit harder," Brown said. "The mind is something you have to constantly work on, just like the body. You have to always be making it stronger. A lot of people think you're either born tough, born with heart, or you're not. I disagree. I think it can be taught and it can be learned to a certain extent. It's not so much about whether you're born with it as whether you want it."
On His Mindset: "I don't like to say that I don't care whether I win or lose, but I don't think about it," Brown said. "The outcome is secondary to what I'm actually trying to do. That's a tough thing to learn."