On Saturday, Matt Brown will be fighting his retirement fight against fellow TUF alum Diego Sanchez in Norfolk, Virginia. But after having some time to mull over it, the 36-year-old UFC veteran is now on the fence about hanging it up for good.
Brown had faced top contenders through the majority of his UFC career, but never got the chance to fight for a world title. In a recent interview with FloCombat.com’s Top Turtle MMA Podcast, “The Immortal” bared his feelings of dissatisfaction about how his career had turned out.
“I guess originally when I announced [my retirement], it was pretty much a final decision,” Brown said. “[But] I look at it like I still have a lot more to do. I’m not really content with everything that I’ve done.”
“When you’re on the outside looking in, it’s easy to look at that stuff. When you’re on the inside, it doesn’t feel like I’ve done anything.”
Brown had previously stated that the only reason for him to return if he does end up retiring would be for a title shot. And unlike his contemporaries, “money fights” are not his utmost priority.
“In a perfect world, I’m able to retire and the decision can be made based on whether I want to or not. The reality is there may just be more to it than that. I may come back to fight just because I want to fight.”
“I may come back to fight for money, which is really what I want to avoid,” Brown adds. “I don’t want to come back to fight for money. I want to pursue other things, and if I come back to fight, I want it to be because I’m looking for a championship — pursuing great things.”