37-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 23-16-0
June 18, 2018 Matt Brown News
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Brown (knee), who's currently rehabbing a torn ACL, is expected to undergo ankle surgery in the near future, Damon Martin of MMAweekly.com reports.
Brown was unable to fight Carlos Condit back in April due to a torn ACL and recently discovered yet another injury, this time an ankle issue that has given him problems over the last three years. While Brown's surgery hasn't been scheduled yet, he's expected to be on crutches for eight weeks once it's completed, though the ankle should heal much quicker than the torn ACL. While Brown is still without any sort of timetable for his return, he likely has at least another six months on the sidelines considering ACL's usually take somewhere from 8-to-12 months to heal.
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Fantasy AnalysisWhen exactly Brown suffered the injury is still unclear, but it will likely now sideline him for an extended period of time. Brown was already considering retiring prior to locking in this fight against Carlos Condit, so that is certainly back in play considering the extent of his injury. Look for additional updates to be provided as Brown goes through the recovery process. A replacement fighter vs. Condit has not been announced at this point in time.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown had previously announced that he planned to retire following his November matchup against Diego Sanchez, but after recording a TKO victory in the first round, he backtracked on those comments. Instead, he'll face a fighter in Condit that was once one of the most dangerous opponents in the 170-pound division. Condit may be on a three-fight skid, but it's a giant step up in competition from Diego Sanchez. Brown will likely enter as the betting underdog, and if he's not competitive in this matchup, talks of retirement will likely resurface.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown stated in September that he planned to retire following this fight although he began to backtrack on those comments earlier this week. We got a similar response today in his post-fight interview with FOX Sports' Jon Anik in which Brown stated that he would confer with his family before making any final decisions. On Saturday he looked spectacular, although the quality of the opposition must be taken into account. Known as one of the most fierce and vicious competitors in welterweight history, Brown destroyed Sanchez with an elbow right behind the ear. Of course, no one could see it live because of an FS1 camera glitch, but it's worth checking out on replay. Very few fighters in this sport get to walk away on their own terms and with their head held high. Brown has a chance to do that here but the odds appear to be better than 50/50 at this point that he will be back. Brown also earned a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown has been part of the UFC since 2008 and has scored a 22-16 career record. The veteran held a seven-fight win streak between 2012 and 2014, and was at one time a top-10 middleweight. He's suffered losses in five of his last six fights to notable opponents including Donald Cerrone, Demian Maia, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. This could be why the 36-year-old has decided that the November bout will be his last. "The Immortal" and the entertainment his exciting fights brought will be missed.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown hasn't stepped into the cage since losing to Donald Cerrone (KO-head kick) last November. His popularity in the welterweight division has led to opportunities against top competition like Demian Maia and Robbie Lawler, but "The Immortal" has struggled to gain a win. He hasn't finished his last three fights and will be looking to turn it around against Sanchez. Brown is 22-16 overall (13-10 UFC).
Fantasy AnalysisBrown actually did considerably better than most people thought he would, although you wouldn't know it from the finish. He caught Cowboy in a deep choke in Round 1 and he scored a knockdown in Round 2. Brown wasn't able to get the stoppage win, although isn't a surprise given that Cerrone has only been finished three times in his entire carer and the guy fights every other week. Brown is a tough guy and a popular fighter, but he's a poor athlete and he isn't on the level of the top fighters in the UFC's welterweight division. He is just 1-5 in his last six fights dating back to July 2014. Four of those five losses have come against top-flight competition (Cerrone, Demian Maia, Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler), but the UFC needs to take it easy in regards to who they book Brown against next time out. It still seems highly unlikely that the company would flat out release him.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown desperately needs a bounceback victory after getting blasted by fringe roster candidate Jake Ellenberger back in July. He's now lost four of his last five bouts, and could be facing release if he doesn't choose to walk away on his own terms. Cerrone is hardly a fighter you want to meet when looking to get back on track, however, as his ground game is as good as any in the sport, and his vicious leg kicks make it tougher to wrestle as the fight goes on. Brown will presumably enter this bout as a heavy underdog.
Fantasy AnalysisGetting stopped by a washed-up Ellenberger in the first round should tell you all you need to know about where Brown's career is headed. Known as one of the most durable guys in the sport, Brown was punched in the face about five seconds into the fight, and his durability was the only reason that he lasted another 40 seconds. Brown seemed to have the momentum after he recovered from Ellenberger's initial onslaught, but a vicious kick to the liver ended The Immortal's evening. At the very least, Brown's job should be in some jeopardy due to his 1-4 record in his last five fights, but it's doubtful the UFC goes that route. Saturday was the first time in Brown's entire career that was he finished via strikes.
Fantasy AnalysisThis is a good fight for Brown as he is facing one of the few guys on the roster who has less left in the tank than he does. Brown has always had power and he's tough and well-conditioned, but it ends there. He's a well below-average athlete and he never had any realistic chance to defeat the best 170-pounders in the world. 1-3 in his last four fights, Brown should give serious consideration to hanging up his gloves if he gets blitzed by Ellenberger.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown signed an eight-fight extension with the UFC on Wednesday night, and clearly wasted no time in booking his first bout. Ellenberger has lost five of his last six bouts, while Brown has lost three of his last four, so both desperately need a win to get back some momentum. Brown will be the longer fighter in this one, and will likely try to keep his distance to avoid the knockout power of Ellenberger (although that skill has been seemingly absent of late).
Fantasy AnalysisDespite taking a loss at UFC 198 and dropping three of his last four overall, Brown will commit to another eight fights with the promotion he's competed for since 2008. The No. 8-ranked welterweight contender will continue to serve as a gatekeeper in the division, but his days of fighting for a belt are likely nearing an end. At 35 years old, this may be one of the last major contracts Brown signs in his MMA career.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown defended admirably considering that Maia had his back for nearly 14-plus minutes. The concern all along was that Brown would struggle if Maia tried to take this fight to the ground and that is exactly what happened. It is difficult to remember Brown landing even one single significant strike in the bout. He certainly didn't land anything that impacted Maia in anyway. Following a seven-fight win streak, Brown has now lost three of four. Brown is gritty and well conditioned, but he just doesn't have the natural athletic gifts to beat the best fighters in the world. It is highly unlikely that we will ever see Brown make another run towards the top-five of the UFC's welterweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown appears eager to get back into the octagon after dropping out of his last scheduled bout against Kevin Gastelum back in November. He's so eager, in fact, that he will be taking on a decorated UFC veteran in Maia's home country of Brazil. Brown has 20 professional wins (12 knockouts) on his resume, but has struggled a bit against elite fighters in the welterweight division, taking losses by decision to both Robbie Lawler and Johnny Henricks. He'll likely be the underdog here, but a victory could propel him to a high quality opponent in the 170-pound weight class.
Fantasy AnalysisBummer. Just add it to the long list of main event or co-main event UFC fights this year that had to be altered or cancelled due to injury. Brown is known for being one of the tougher guys in the MMA world, so he must be pretty banged up if he isn't able to go. The UFC didn't mention what type of injury Brown suffered, but more information seems likely to be leaked in the coming days.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown is coming off a win in UFC 189 where he submitted Tim Means in less than five minutes. As for his opponent, Gastelum most recently fought at 185 pounds and may ultimately struggle getting down to 170 by November.
Fantasy AnalysisAs is always the case in a fight involving Brown, it was fun to watch. Brown both delivered and ate some monster shots in Round 1 before picking up the victory. A couple of short elbows forced Means to his knees and Brown went on to slap on the choke and pick up the finish. Brown had lost two in a row prior to Saturday's win, although those two losses came against Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks. Brown is a legitimate top-five fighter in the welterweight division, but his limited athleticism will continue to give him problems against the better fighters in the division.
Fantasy AnalysisBrown is coming off back-to-back losses, but those two fights were against current welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and number one contender Johny Hendricks. Brown had a seven-fight winning streak prior to those two setbacks. He should have a good chance to get back into the win column on Saturday.