UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown’s now former jiu-jitsu coach, Rodrigo Botti, has accused “The Immortal” of assaulting him on Feb. 3 at the Ohio Combat Club, a gym they co-own together in Columbus.
A police report was filed and an investigation is underway. Both parties confirm an incident occurred, but their versions of the story drastically vary.
Botti posted his side of the story to his Facebook page on Feb. 11.
“Here is what happened clear and simple,” he wrote. “This UFC fighter who I coached til the day of the incident assaulted me with multiple punches in the head while I was seating in the chair behind the desk.
“The truth is we were having an argument and he started to yell ‘If you keep talking I can’t (expletive) talk’ and repeated that a few times before he went crazy and flipped the glass table of the desk to the floor and came after me with multiple punches on my head while I was seating in the chair,” added Botti.
Brown posted his version of what transpired on his Facebook page, confirming that things got physical.
“Yes, I punched the him in the face. No, I am not a violent person. I was provoked. I was pushed first. He put his hands on me first and then cried to the police about it after. That is a bitch move. Not how 2 grown ass men sort things out,” wrote Brown.
“I’m not going to give the long version and I’m not going to comment a lot about it. I don’t need the stress and I don’t feel like I need to expend the energy on someone so pathetic. I just absolutely have to let everyone know that I was pushed first and also walked away first and have stayed away and tried to let things simmer down (to no avail),” he added. “So no more OCC for me for now. Hopefully people see through the lies and see the truth of the matter. I’m not perfect but I’m not in the wrong here. That’s it.”
Botti allegedly suffered injuries during the altercation that resulted in him undergoing surgery on his left eye.
“Makes even worse when he knew about my eye condition and the eye surgery that I had only 3 weeks before the day he assaulted me. He also knew I had 16 internal stitches in my eye,” said Botti. “Those stitches popped from 2pm to 7pm according the doctor and I had another surgery.”
Brown is expected to face former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks on the UFC 185 main card in Dallas on March 14.