Matt Brown: ‘I’ll die before I give up’

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ariel Helwani: Matt you entered this fight riding a very impressive four fight winning streak, yet you were the underdog, a pretty big underdog. Did that bother you?

Matt Brown: I didn’t know I was the underdog actually. I came out second in the red corner, and usually the favorites come out second?

Ariel Helwani: Maybe.

Matt Brown: Well that’s what I thought. I don’t look at the betting lines.

Ariel Helwani: There was a lot of hype about Jordan Mein. There was a lot of buzz surronding him. Did he bother you that people were focusing more on him than you?

Matt Brown: No, I think it was well deserved. I think he showed it in ths fight, why he’s earned that respect.

Ariel Helwani: He seemed to hurt you in the first round with a body shot. How hurt were you?

Matt Brown: Very hurt. Yeah he hit me just straight in the stomach, right in the solar plexus, and a couple weeks ago in training I took a guy down and landed on his knee right in the solar plexus and it hit the same spot. I’m not going to say it was because of the previous injury, because it was a good shot. For whatever reason, yeah, I was really close.

Ariel Helwani: Close to giving up?

Matt Brown: No I wasn’t giving up, I’ll die before I give up. But I was close to being incapacitated, not being able to defend myself. He got with a couple shots before, but I gathered myself enough to defend myself.