Matt Brown still wanted to fight after injury, but set sights on Condit in 2014

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Matt Brown instinctively knew something was wrong. The UFC veteran had wrenched his back going for a takedown in practice, and the pain that shot through his body stopped him in his tracks.

But this is the hurt business, after all, so with a huge opportunity against No. 2 welterweight Carlos Condit just over a week away, Brown kept thinking positive thoughts. It's€™ just passing pain, he thought. It will go away.

Except it didn't. It was so bad that if he sat for too long in one place, he couldn'€™t even walk. Still, his mind was determined to do what his body could not.

"€œOriginally, I was going to go through with it," Brown told FOX Sports on Tuesday. "€œI was dead-set on it. At that moment, I was like, "€˜I'€™m going to do it. I don'€™t care how much I hurt."

But when cooler heads prevailed and medical attention was sought, an MRI revealed one torn disc and another that was bulging. Brown, being who he is, had to at least explore the possibility of competing, so he took a cortisone epidural injection. With it, there was a chance to mask enough pain that he would feel at or near 100 percent. It was worth a try, but after receiving the shot, he only felt marginally better. Thirty to 50 percent at most.

That was when he learned of the potential of worsening the injury by rupturing a disc. After all, pain is the body'€™s way of telling you that you shouldn'€™t be doing something, so hiding that pain could allow you to bypass more serious concerns. In Brown'€™s case, it could have led to a far more severe injury that could be a career-ender and affect him for life.
Luckily, he had people who care about him in his corner, namely his wife and trainers, who told him that enough is enough, and that it wasn'€™t worth the risk. Finally, he acquiesced.

For the first time in his career, he was forced to withdraw from a fight.

"€œIt hurts pretty bad,"€ he said. "€œMentally and spiritually, it hurt pretty bad. When you sign up for sport, this is something that'€™s always a possibility. It can happen any day. You just have to take it in stride and keep eyes your on the windshield and off the rearview mirror. Keep going forward."€

During camp, he was so focused on preparing for Condit that he had no idea how anxiously awaited the matchup had become. After all, it was not the headliner or for a championship, but to pure fight fans, this one was a gem, a matchup of two fearless combatants with endless reserves of firepower and will. It was only after pulling out and receiving waves of support from fans that made him realize the anticipation level that had been building around him. In a way, that was like another painful blow.

"€œEverybody was telling me they were gutted, and that made it all the worse for me,"€ he said. "€œI feel like I let everybody down. I know I didn't; I did the best I could, but that'€™s what it feels like, regardless."€

That'€™s why he looks forward with thoughts of giving them what they wanted.


Brown is still in pain but says his doctors have told him that if his physical therapy goes well, he could be back in full training in about two months. That could put a potential cage return around the spring of 2014.

In his gracious statement on the fight cancellation, Condit voiced a hope that Brown would heal quickly and that the fight would be rescheduled, saying, "€œI know it was a fight the fans have been excited to see. When the fight does happen, I promise that the wait will be worth it."€

Brown aims to oblige him, and ensure that one of 2013's most anticipated fights will find a completion date, even if it'€™s in the next calendar year.

"€œAbsolutely, I still want the fight. I'€™ve been eating, sleeping and breathing Carlos Condit for 10-12 weeks,"€ he said. "When they talked me out of it, I was still in the mind set of, '€˜I'€™m going to fight, no matter what.'€™ I think from that moment up until the fight, it would have dawned on me at some point, 'This is f---ing stupid.' I'€™ve never pulled out of a fight in my life. We'€™re running a marathon, not a sprint. So even if I'€™d gone in there and won this fight, if I can'€™t fight again, what good is it? I have to get healthy, and yeah, after preparing for him all this time, he'€™ll be on my mind."
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  • Ares11Ares11 Posts: 1,484Free
    It sucks that this fight got cancelled, but I'm still so excited to see this one. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long.
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  • 12er12er StocktonPosts: 10,981Free
    Matt Brown is an OG. I hope he recovers quick and we still get to see this fight.
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  • TeemuSelanneTeemuSelanne Posts: 934Free
    edited December 2013
    Matt Brown tapped to a take down.

    *edit* Matt Brown tapped to his own take down.
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  • 12er12er StocktonPosts: 10,981Free

    Matt Brown tapped to a take down.

    You should add him to your sig then.
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  • TeemuSelanneTeemuSelanne Posts: 934Free
    12er said:

    Matt Brown tapped to a take down.

    You should add him to your sig then.
    My bad he tapped to his own take down.

  • TeemuSelanneTeemuSelanne Posts: 934Free
    How does a GOAT like Brown break his own back VIA take down attempt?
  • wanderleisilva101wanderleisilva101 Posts: 9,432Free
    _TUF1_ said:

    shooting for a takedown? Respect lost.

    He's fighting NBR you have get him down or he runs like hell all fight
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  • AndersonIsStillTheGOATAndersonIsStillTheGOAT Soon to be replaced by Gunnar NelsonPosts: 3,272Free
    That's life saying he needs no **** takedown
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  • Gabri1985Gabri1985 Manchester, England Posts: 7,695Free
    Not fighting a can so he ducks the fight.
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  • carnages41carnages41 Posts: 36,335Free
    Gabri1985 said:

    Not fighting a can so he ducks the fight.

    we're not talking about GSP here
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  • Gabri1985Gabri1985 Manchester, England Posts: 7,695Free

    Gabri1985 said:

    Not fighting a can so he ducks the fight.

    we're not talking about GSP here
    i know brown will never get to that level of brilliance.
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  • OzprideOzpride Posts: 4,091Free
    duck's gonna duck

    hes back on the brown powder






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  • SURVIVOR78SURVIVOR78 Posts: 1,097Free
    Matt Brown would never duck a fight. That would be one of those statements I would love to see the person who made the statement, say the exact same thing they typed within 3 feet of the fighter. Matt Brown is one of those guys who would uncork a life changing strike on you, and not even lose his dip. That dude is a badass in real life, not for cameras or magazines that is his design, and he could not change if he wanted to. To say that he would duck a fight, is like saying Walt Whitman would not write a poem. Matt Brown wanted this fight more than anything, its probably making him insane that he cannot fight. I can pretty much guarantee that to be true, but I would not be the one to ask him.
  • OzprideOzpride Posts: 4,091Free

    Matt Brown would never duck a fight. That would be one of those statements I would love to see the person who made the statement, say the exact same thing they typed within 3 feet of the fighter. Matt Brown is one of those guys who would uncork a life changing strike on you, and not even lose his dip. That dude is a badass in real life, not for cameras or magazines that is his design, and he could not change if he wanted to. To say that he would duck a fight, is like saying Walt Whitman would not write a poem. Matt Brown wanted this fight more than anything, its probably making him insane that he cannot fight. I can pretty much guarantee that to be true, but I would not be the one to ask him.

    Ahhhh delusional fanboys. Gotta love em!

    Well I have no time for junkies, let alone ducking can junkies, sorry!






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  • Frontline_RioterFrontline_Rioter Posts: 2,531Free
    Anyone who thinks Brown is ducking Condit is officially a can.

    With a back so jacked up you can barely walk how is he suppose to run down the world class sprinter Carlos Condit?
  • OzprideOzpride Posts: 4,091Free
    12er said:

    Ozpride said:

    Matt Brown would never duck a fight. That would be one of those statements I would love to see the person who made the statement, say the exact same thing they typed within 3 feet of the fighter. Matt Brown is one of those guys who would uncork a life changing strike on you, and not even lose his dip. That dude is a badass in real life, not for cameras or magazines that is his design, and he could not change if he wanted to. To say that he would duck a fight, is like saying Walt Whitman would not write a poem. Matt Brown wanted this fight more than anything, its probably making him insane that he cannot fight. I can pretty much guarantee that to be true, but I would not be the one to ask him.

    Ahhhh delusional fanboys. Gotta love em!

    Well I have no time for junkies, let alone ducking can junkies, sorry!
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    LOL..... ok Perosh is somewhat of a can - but Te Huna lost to 2 of the top 5 at LHW and a former champ, future hall of famer.

    The best fighter that Brown lost to who is somewhat respectable is Chris Lytle. TWICE.

    So kindly GTFO with your faboyism. Brown is ducking HARD because Condit would've killed him. He'd have more chance winning against a dirty needle.






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  • 12er12er StocktonPosts: 10,981Free
    Ozpride said:

    12er said:

    Ozpride said:

    Matt Brown would never duck a fight. That would be one of those statements I would love to see the person who made the statement, say the exact same thing they typed within 3 feet of the fighter. Matt Brown is one of those guys who would uncork a life changing strike on you, and not even lose his dip. That dude is a badass in real life, not for cameras or magazines that is his design, and he could not change if he wanted to. To say that he would duck a fight, is like saying Walt Whitman would not write a poem. Matt Brown wanted this fight more than anything, its probably making him insane that he cannot fight. I can pretty much guarantee that to be true, but I would not be the one to ask him.

    Ahhhh delusional fanboys. Gotta love em!

    Well I have no time for junkies, let alone ducking can junkies, sorry!
    better than this can

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    and this can

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    LOL..... ok Perosh is somewhat of a can - but Te Huna lost to 2 of the top 5 at LHW and a former champ, future hall of famer.

    The best fighter that Brown lost to who is somewhat respectable is Chris Lytle. TWICE.

    So kindly GTFO with your faboyism. Brown is ducking HARD because Condit would've killed him. He'd have more chance winning against a dirty needle.
    Better than this can to.

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  • Frontline_RioterFrontline_Rioter Posts: 2,531Free
    I'm a huge Shogun Rua fan but he's not top 5 anymore. Te Huna got mauled in a minute flat. Shogun in his prime would be brought up on manslaughter charges.

    Right now Shogun is around 7 or 8 tops. You can't move up very far even if you do murder someone that's on the fringes of top 20 in that division.
  • Frontline_RioterFrontline_Rioter Posts: 2,531Free
    edited December 2013
    Oh yeah and Te Huna had his right hand near his waist. Did it slip his mind that Shogun has nuclear weaponry in his hands?

    Never go full retard... go full retard and Shogun knocks you the **** out. Ask Lyoto Machida. Went full retard and went home empty handed.
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  • juice64011juice64011 Posts: 5,958Free

    Anyone who thinks Brown is ducking Condit is officially a can.

    With a back so jacked up you can barely walk how is he suppose to run down the world class sprinter Carlos Condit?

    The same can be said about someone who talks **** about a guy with a 93% finish rate.
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  • wanderleisilva101wanderleisilva101 Posts: 9,432Free
    Condits a top fighter I just like giving him **** about the Diaz fight
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  • _TUF1_ said:

    shooting for a takedown? Respect lost.

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    I hope they re schedule this fight for UFC 170 in Vegas.

    I am considering going to this event, and if Condit/Brown gets put as the co-main, I'm getting tickets fa sho.
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