Following a series of cancelled fights to start off 2019, lightweight Chris Brown was finally able to get back into the cage last July and close out his year with back-to-back wins.
While he would have preferred to have started off his year sooner, Brown is nonetheless pleased with how his 2019 turned out overall.
“I was only able to fight twice, so that was disappointing,” Brown told MMAWeekly.com. “I had so many fights cancelled because of guys pulling out for multitudes of reasons. It was very frustrating dealing with the cancellations and stuff like that.
“The two fights I did get to fight were very good fights and they opened the eyes that I needed. It was worth the wait, but I did not want to wait.”
Brown feels like 2019 showcased the growth he’s made as a fighter. In particular he feels like he is a more patient fighter, which has allowed him to showcase more of the skills he always wanted to.
“In earlier fights I was rushing a lot because of built-up frustrations and things like that,” said Brown. “So when I would get a fight I would be so excited that I would just be in there rushing.
“My striking has really opened up since I’ve slowed down and am taking my time. It’s fully showing how I actually spar in the gym. I’m happy with my performances. They’ve been opening a lot of eyes (of people to the) things that I’m capable of.”
On Friday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brown (5-1) will look to pick up his fourth win in a row when he faces Carrington Banks (8-2) in a main card 155-pound bout at LFA 80.
“It’s going out there, having fun, and making him adjust to what I’m going to do,” Brown said. “(Banks’) fight is basic: basic striking to try to wrestle. He’s a basic wrestler; does the same shots; everything’s basic. Nothing with me has changed.”
With the difficulties he faced in 2019 getting bouts, Brown isn’t going to make grand plans for 2020, but rather take each opportunity as it comes.
“I have to go fight by fight,” said Brown. “Making plans and saying how many times I want to fight never works out for me. People never want to fight me. I’ve only been able to fight twice this past year. Nobody’s willing to fight me consistently.”