Matt Brown is aware of his supposed weakness in the fight game and is working diligently to make it more of a non-factor.
The rising welterweight competitor revealed recently that he is training with former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren to improve his wrestling ahead of his UFC on Fox 12 main event against Robbie Lawler.
"He's a well rounded fighter. People think he's just a striker, but not only from watching him but wrestling him, I think he's definitely well rounded, got a little bit everywhere, and obviously he's most dangerous on his feet but he can fight anywhere he needs to fight," Askren told FOX Sports after working with Brown.
It is not as if Brown had never worked on his wrestling with elite competitors before. He generally trains at the Ohio Regional Training Center along with a variety of top Olympic wrestling coaches and competitors. Even though he gets his fair share of wrestling in regular training camps, Brown wished to push himself even further this time around and opted to fly Ben Askren to Ohio.
"He's one of the best in the world at what he does," Brown told Fox Sports' Damon Martin about Askren. "It's going to help me with all the small little details that are always forgotten. A lot of people do MMA wrestling so to speak, but you miss a lot when you try to limit your wrestling. Doing pure wrestling with high level guys is what makes you get better. My striking gets better when I wrestle, my jiu-jitsu gets better when I wrestle, I think in a couple of years you might see me start fighting like GSP. I like wrestling.
"(Askren) is that next level. I love Jon Fitch, he's absolutely amazing, extremely good at MMA but when it comes to wrestling he would admit as clearly as I would, Askren is that next level of wrestling. That's what I'm always trying to do with myself, get to that next level with anything I'm doing."
UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.