UFC veteran Matt Brown already had retirement on his mind as he approached his headliner fight with Carlos Condit two weeks ago. But after an upsetting outcome that he strongly argued against, “The Immortal” is now choosing to fight on.
“I retired a few years ago, and then when I came back, the primary motivator was just be a prizefighter and make some more money,” the 40-year-old Brown told MMA Junkie Radio. “But since I’ve come back, I’ve really loved the whole process again.
“(I’ve) really fell in love with it more again. I’ve kind of seen how good that I can be and the skills that I can – the skills have grown so much. I think I have a lot more in me. I think I can do a lot bigger things than I’ve ever done before.”
As a 16-year veteran of the sport that involved numerous wars through the years, Brown now plans to take a more intelligent approach, particularly with his training.
“I had to tone down a lot of (training) – probably more just the overall volume,” he said. “I’ve always been a high-volume training guy where I put in two, three sessions every day, sometimes seven days a week for three (or) four weeks at a time.
“Putting more emphasis on the recovery and taking the days where I can relax and get my mind away from fighting and just enjoy life more. I’ve always trained so hard that I didn’t have an outside life.”
Brown is currently on a two-fight skid as he holds a record of 22-18 (20 wins by stoppage).