When Mike Brown talked about the possibility of retiring last year, he was still very much on the fence about it. He didn't know whether he wanted to continue beating up his body, over training to the point that injuries were plaguing him at every turn. The thing is, all he did was contemplate that notion. He never actually came out and said that he was officially retiring.
Through a miscommunication with team members, the news of his supposed retirement trickled down that nasty old gossip grapevine until Joe Rogan announced it on air after his last fight.
Stephie Daniels recently spoke with Brown, who discussed the communication faux pas, and much more.
"It was a mess and so confusing," said Brown. "I never retired, but I was thinking about it. I had told my coaches that if I don't feel well in this fight, or if I didn't do well, it was probably going to be my last one. Then, Liborio kind of told people, 'This is the last one', so then it got out there that it was my last fight.
When I fought Pineda, I fought well, and I felt good. That was really the main thing. I felt good out there and I was having fun. I was happy, so I wanted to keep fighting. (Liborio) had said it, so I think it got to Joe Rogan or Goldie, because they said it on air. That's how everyone heard that I was retiring, but it wasn't the case."
"I'm taking it one fight at a time. I'm not sure how long I'll be doing this. Maybe a couple more. I'm having fun and I still have it. I still feel good and I'm training good. That's what's important.
"I'm trying to put a string together. I always set small, achievable goals. Right now, it's just to win this fight. If I do, that's a three fight streak. I know I've been out for a little bit, but I'm getting there. If I could win a couple more fights, I'm in position, and maybe I can get back in the Top 10 again, because then I'm opening more doors."
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