Gameplan? What gameplan?
Struggling "Ultimate Fighter" veteran Matt Brown finally got back into the win column by taking home a unanimous decision victory against John Howard at last night's UFC on Versus 4 event held at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
And it took a three-fight losing streak to finally convince him he wasn't going to just "walk through" everybody in the 170-pound division.
Brown outworked and basically outmuscled "Doomsday" for the duration of the contest. It may not have been the "Fight of the Night" fans were expecting, but when you're staring down the barrel of a fourth straight loss, a win is a win.
"The Immortal" explains his strategy during last night's post-fight press conference (via MMA Weekly):
"It's skills I've always had, just never showed. I was so excited to be fighting in the UFC I just wanted to smash people, kill people, I just realized I gotta use some of my skills to win also. I'm not gonna just walk through everybody like I have, maybe some of the lower guys but when you're fighting the best in the world you gotta be smart."
After an entertaining but unsuccessful run on season seven of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Brown made a statement in his UFC debut by pounding out fellow contestant Matt Arroyo at TUF 7 Finale in June 2008.
A close split decision loss to Korean import Dong Hyun Kim did little to hurt his stock in the 170-pound weight class and three powerful stoppages in his next three bouts pushed him into the upper echelon of the division.
Unfortunately his aggression and balls-to-the-wall style was helpless against the jiu-jitsu stylings of Ricardo Almeida and Chris Lytle, who gave Brown a reality check along with a pair of submission losses.
Now he's righted the ship and appears to be on the cusp of another run -- one that he intends to build on his skills and not just his bloodlust.
How far can he go within the division?