Brown: I know I'd destroy GSP


Matt Brown is currently riding an impressive five fight win streak coming into his UFC on FOX Sports 1 bout with Thiago Alves. Alves, a former number one contender, will certainly be his stiffest fight to date, however Brown is already thinking about a title shot and is confident he can defeat the curretn champion Georges St-Pierre:

"I think he'd be scared to get close enough to hit me because I'm not going to avoid anything he throws. I'm going to step right in the pocket and throw down. He's not going to have any option but to be on the feet with me. Even if he has the skills to stand, he would not be able to handle my pressure, tenacity and desire to win. I think I'm one of the worst match ups for GSP."

"Everyone thinks I'm delusional and crazy for thinking that, but I know who I am. If I go in there the best I can be, I know I'd destroy GSP. When I come in against GSP, I'm going in to take the belt from him, I'm not going to play around with the world title on the line. I'm 110% confident, if I show up at my best, he does not stand a chance in hell against me. This match up with Thiago is a far tougher match up for me than GSP."

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Doctor NPD site profile image  

6/28/13 5:51 PM by Doctor NPD

Your memory is clearly very clouded. Brown didn't outstriking Mein. Mein almost finished him in the first with a bodyshot. Brown turned it into a sloppy brawl and the pressure overwhelmed Mein. And he didn't submit Swick - although that was his best performance to date.

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6/28/13 10:09 AM by georgejonesjr

Interesting postYou may be right about GSP planning and strategizing if things suddenly went south in a bar fight, though I tend to think not - he seems to react as he's trained, which means he'd probably go into automatic mode. That's not necessarily a bad thing; for instance, his automatic response when Condit knocked him down was effective, as was his takedown when Diaz put him into trouble in the 3rd round in their fight. He's not creative when in trouble, but neither does he fall apart (and I consider tapping to strikes no different than tapping to chokes or locks, so I don't see him tapping to Serra any differently than him tapping to Hughes ... sometimes you've lost and its time to start thinking about the next fight).One interesting point you suggest is the difference between the military and bouncing. Single mindedly wreaking havoc and wading through the opposition might well be a good thing in bouncing (I've never bounced, though I've seen a few bar fights, always as a spectator - officers, even low ranking ones, get into deep trouble if they participate in that kind of thing). But in a military situation, its more likely to not only get yourself killed, but worse, also get your squad or company killed (death can strike you from unseen opposition far away in the military) and jeopardize the mission. The percentage of military situations where someone going forth to wreak havoc would be beneficial is very small, the percentage where it would be disastrous is high (and a few where it wouldn't make much difference one way or another). Which is why the military goes out of its way to train you not to do so ... ie look to your left, look to your right, if you lose discipline you will be the one to cause death to one or both of those guys.Someone who reacts as trained, even if not imaginative, is in a military encounter far preferable to someone who drops discipline and wings it. I guess the difference between the military and bouncing (and I agree bouncing can be deadly) is the number of unknowns (a lot more in a military situation, including snipers, air support being called in on you etc) and the scope of the encounter (bombs can take out whole squads if your action gives away your location and brings one down on you). Given that, soldiers are taught to play the percentages. There's a few old vets who can improvise well, but its based on a lot of experience, and even then they say its more a question of having a better knowledge of the details of percentages than just trying things to see if it works.Interesting topic. In a war, I'd take GSP (probably Condit over him actually though), but from what you say, Brown might be better in a bar fight. Be interesting to hear what cops (say in a SWAT team) have to say, maybe its something half-way between the two.And thanks for the thoughtful exchange, the bouncer viewpoint is one I hadn't considered before.

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6/28/13 9:00 AM by ShawnTheBadger

Voted UP for an interesting and intelligent opposing viewpoint. Depending on where you are working, bouncing certainly can be life-threatening, no question about it.  Mistakes can be very costly, and situations can turn from "run-of-the-mill" to deadly-dangerous in a flash.  I used to go to work at my last club (Centerfolds, Houston, TX) thinking "it's a fiine night to die" every single time I suited up.  However, I do not consider it as dangerous as military combat. What would concern me with GSP is when things do not go according to plan, when you need to think on your feet, and act decisively right now - instantaneously with savage physical action, GSP will still be planning and strategizing.  Pondering consequences and looking to his coach (or club manager) for instruction. Meanwile, Matt Brown would be wreaking havoc and be single-mindedly wading through and smashing the opposition. I'll still take the untamed barbarian over the civilized tactician watching my back in a bar/street fight. Perhaps my viewpiont would change in a military combat situation. Good post my friend.      

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6/28/13 7:23 AM by georgejonesjr

Most of them, probably yes, because GSP has a steady viewership of 700K - they're quite aware of what to expect when they watch GSP, and they keep returning.Brown doesn't have that kind of following.Look, human taste is subjective. People like different books (you might as well ask if people who read Tolstoy are enjoying themselves as much as people who read Tom Clancy - the answer is yes, because they're probably different people reading the two books, with different tastes). People like different movies (most of us experience this every time we go to the movies with our wives/girlfriends, and typically alternate who gets to choose). People like different foods (are people who eat Chinese food enjoying themselves as much as people who eat Italian food?).So why do you find it hard to believe that different people like different MMA styles? Especially since most North Americans don't like any MMA style at all (based on PPV's of under one million in a population of 330 million)? It would have been much, much stranger (Twilight Zone territory in fact) if every MMA fan found the same fighters boring and the same fighters enjoyable - that almost never happens in any human activity.

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6/27/13 8:15 PM by Herman Munster

  No ,you did not misread what he wrote.  Matt Brown has more heart than GSP because he has beaten zero top 10 WW's, and has no clue what it is to approach a 25 minute marathon as opposed to a 15 minute sprint.  Of course Matt Brown has proven more heart than GSP, and blueheron himself is an authority on heart because he has some mma fights under his belt.  So of course he knows all about the sacrifices that GSP has made to get where he is at that apparently require no heart, as he fights with his brain so that takes away from his heart.    blueheron knows all about the days when GSP couldn't get top level Bjj training in Montreal and would be practically living out of his car as he would travel to NYC to train at Renzo's when no on knew who the fuck he was... again blueheron has 4 mma fights so he must know.  Someone like me who has only been posting on the UG for 6 months couldn't possibly be tested in any way in life to have any kind of a understanding of what heart is..until I am a bush league mma fighter I shall not bring up  heart again and will never question an authority like blueheron when he wants to profess the lack of  heart that arguably the greatest WW Champion of all time has demonstrated through out his career.  

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6/27/13 8:12 PM by 1Buckeye

+1 Great dude.

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6/27/13 7:55 PM by orcus

"Though oddly enough, at the moment GSP is a more popular fighter (going by things like PPV sales) than Brown, or anyone else currently in MMA, so presumably a lot of folks like the way he fights." Do you honestly believe that when people are watching a GSP fight that they are enjoying themselves more than when they watch a Matt Brown fight?

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6/27/13 5:52 PM by BigNeek

I don't think he has the athleticism (speed, explosiveness, power) to beat GSP.

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6/27/13 5:23 PM by Big Nash

Lol. Thats all.

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6/27/13 3:43 PM by georgejonesjr

Actually, as someone who's been in the military and under real fire (as opposed to just sport), I'd take the cool, tactical guy on my squad, or watching my back, every time. Its drummed into you there - you need someone who can think on their feet, and stick to the plan when it hits the fan. Condit vs Diaz, it was Condit who fought like a real warrior (ie a soldier), using brains to keep the fight where it was to his advantage, using tactical retreats and then sudden attacks, the discipline not to be drawn into costly mistakes, cooly getting the job done. When your life is on the line, that's who you want backing you up.So I'd rather have GSP there, or Condit, than Brown. Maybe it's different bouncing, but in a real war (ie armies, artillery, bullets), where you can die very quickly if you make a mistake, and a situation can turn in seconds (even for something as trivial as loosing discipline and going over an IED because you're winging it), you want someone who's technical and disciplined under fire. GSP and Condit (for instance) fight like real warriors, and you're not going to find one company commander in a hundred who'd rather have someone who epitomizes ferocity instead of someone you can count on to deliver cool, collected action.