by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
With a record of 1-1 in the Ultimate Fighting Championships and a .500 record overall, it’s apparent that now is the time if Matt Brown hopes to remain a part of the promotion.
A former cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, Matt’s willingness to take a fight any place, any time both in and out of the cage has been a source of strength and weakness for him in his career.
With Matt Riddle going down to injury, Brown was once again willing to step in at a moment’s notice, this time against Ryan Thomas on the undercard of this coming weekend’s UFC 91 event in Las Vegas.
“It feels great,” he exclaimed of his late addition to the card. “This is being billed as one of the biggest cards in history – it makes for a lot of fans watching and people paying attention – it’s a huge opportunity in my opinion.”
Even though he is carrying a record into the fight that is not one normally would associate with a UFC level fighter, Matt is not concerned and views this coming Saturday as business as usual.
“It’s just as important as any time,” he stated. “I’m always looking to make a statement, finish fights, come in and fight the best I can.
“This is just another fight. I’m not looking at it as if I have to do anything special in this fight.”
Like Brown, Ryan Thomas is coming off a loss in his last UFC fight and looking to keep himself in the promotion with a win.
According to Matt, even though Thomas is a fellow veteran of the promotion, being a late addition to the card hasn’t allowed him to formulate a detailed game plan for the match-up.
“On two weeks notice, even if you know them, there’s not a whole lot you can do to really prepare for a specific guy,” he admitted. “So, I’m pretty much just going to go in there and fight – whatever happens, happens.
“I’m just going to have to believe in the skills I have right now and go after it.”
Short prep time aside, Brown says that his style hasn’t changed much since his last fight, and fans can come to expect the same from him as they have before.
“With me you can always look forward to an exciting fight,” he said. “I’m going to try to bang it out, fight hard and use my good cardio (to my advantage).
“They can expect for the fight to constantly be moving. There’s not going to be a lot of stops or breaks in action, because I’m going to try to keep it going, stay in this guy’s face and break him mentally.”
Having had the opportunity to step on the sport’s biggest stage this year allows Matt to build upon his experiences and hopefully put together the kind of run that will see him having consistent success in the coming year.
“This has been a big year for me,” commented Brown. “I got on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and I have two UFC fights under my belt no, so this is pretty much the biggest year of my life.
“All I want to do next year is take what I did this year and build upon it next year. I’m going to keep working, busting my ass and get better and better.”
To keep that dream alive, Matt has to win and prove to everyone he belongs where he has worked so hard to get to at this point in his career.
“I want to thank Tapout and Reid Fight Wear,” he concluded. “I want everyone to checkout my website, TheImmortal.tv and check out my MySpace.
“When you get in that cage, a fight’s a fight, and no matter if you’re fighting in front of 10 people or 10,000 people, it’s all the same.”