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Charges not being pursued in Matt Brown coach assault case: 'He straight lied'

Good news for Matt Brown fans as it sounds like the assault case against him is not being pursued by local authorities, leaving him free to focus on his upcoming bout with Johny Hendricks at UFC 185.

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Recently Matt Brown made headlines. Not for his upcoming bout with Johny Hendricks at UFC 185, on March 14th in Dallas, Texas. Instead, Brown was in the news for a potentially much more troubling reason. He was accused of assaulting his now former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach, Rodrigo Botti. Botti claimed, via Facebook, that Brown had struck him several times, causing damage to one of his eyes (which he had reportedly had recent surgery on) and that he would be pursuing charges against Brown through his lawyers.

Now it appears, at least from the criminal side of things, that city prosecutors have decided that there isn't enough evidence of assault to make a case against Brown and that they won't be moving forward with charges at this time. MMAJunkie recently spoke to the Hiliard Division of Police, as well as Matt Brown:

"Yeah, he straight lied," Brown told MMAjunkie when asked of an alleged incident involving Rodrigo Botti, who accused him of striking him multiple times. "Not even wrong, just straight lied with some of the stuff that he said in public."

As part of the fallout from the incident, however, Brown says that he is no longer training at Ohio Combat Club and has moved his camp to Strong Style Martial Arts and Fitness, home to Stipe Miocic and Jessica Eye among others.

"I think it turned out for the better," he told MMAjunkie. "I think that coach was bringing things down and being more of a distraction than anything else, so I think it happened for a good reason. Now we're up here at Strong Style and we've got good guys around us all the time."

Brown also told MMAJunkie that he would be consulting his own legal team about the incident, after his fight with Johny Hendricks. UFC 185 is set to be headlined by a title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and reigning champion Anthony Pettis as well as Carla Esparza's first defense of her strawweight title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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