How Matt Brown won: I let Silva hit my face

Monday, May 12, 2014

Frighteningly exciting UFC welterweight Matt Brown appeared recently on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour, and discussed his win Saturday night over Erick Silva.

Childbirth can be accurately described as feeling like you are passing a watermelon, but unless you have experienced it, there is no way to really know. Thus only people who spend a fair amount of time in the gym can appreciate how truly great Brown's performance was, after he was kicked in the liver early in the first.

“The first one was the worst one,” said Brown as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMAFighting. “The other ones, they surely hurt but it was kind of like I said in the post fight conference, the first one caught me cold, that's when it hurts you most is when you're cold. After I was warmed up I was able to take it a little better and sort go with the flow of the fight. … It didn't hit my ribs, it was liver/stomach. Honestly, it was still hurting even after the fight was over. Even walking backstage and stuff it was still hurting.”

Brown survived by improvising a new technique never taught by any trainer ever.

“After the first body shot I was actually thankful that he was punching my face,” said Brown . “I was leaving my face open to get punched so that my body could recover. Which was a risk/reward thing and you only have a split second to think about it. And I know that if I get hit in the body again it could very potentially be over, so it was like, just hit me anywhere except for there. So I curled up, I grabbed his leg, and just hoped that he punched me in the face, and fortunately he went for a submission before destroying my face.”

Eventually Brown turned it around.

“A lot of the things I was hitting him, he was doing a good job keeping his chin down,” said Brown. “So a lot of the stuff I was hitting him with was on the top of his head, so it was hurting my hands, and elbows and stuff. There was a little bit of, normally when I hit someone as hard as I hit him, even with 16-ounce gloves in training, they fall over or they stop, they back yup, there was a lot of time I wasn't sure if I hurt him or not, which is a testament to him.”

The question on everyone's mind after the fight was does Brown get a title shot at Johny Hendricks when he returns from bicep surgery.

“I have a hard time seeing this from the outside in,” said Brown. “I don't know how I'd feel if I was on the outside, I don't see what the problem with giving me a title shot would be.”

“I've never put on a boring fight, I'm now I'm tied second for active winning streak. I'm sure if the reason would be that I have to fight a top 10, top five guy, that would be the only reason left.”

“I lost 4 out of 5 a few years ago. I know what it's like to be at rock bottom in the UFC, I know who was there for me and who's not. I know who my friends are. I know who was there for me when I down. I know what that life feels like. All this I'll take it in stride and maintain humility throughout. I'm not going to forget where I came from.

“I'm a real person. I can relate to every fan who was watching the UFC, because that was me 6-7 years ago. I don't think I've changed from that. I don't let it get to my head.”

So what you think UG? Title shot or Hector Lombard?