Matt Brown suffered his second straight loss after getting outworked, outwrestled and outscored by Johny Hendricks at UFC 185, which went down this past weekend (Sat., March 14, 2015) in Dallas, Texas.
It was a crushing blow to "Immortal" after reeling of seven straight wins from 2012 to 2014, which saw the dangerous striker one win away from a shot at the title before running into a resurgent Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 12 in July 2014.
The recent setbacks have done little to shakes Brown's confidence, though, telling The Great MMA Debate podcast that he still believes he will become the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion of the world one day.
"I lost, but I'm not defeated. I'm only disappointed in myself. I know in my heart, with every ounce of energy in me, I can be a champion. I just fought the two previous champions and I know where I'm at. I'm honest enough person if that really, truly say if that wasn't the case. I'd sit here and say 'I cannot be champion, I'm going to fight for fun because I fucking just love fighting and I'm going to go out there and swing for the fences and get Fight of the Night and go home'. That's something I wouldn't care doing that until I'm 40 years old. But I know I can be champion."
For Brown, losing to a former champion and the current one is proof that he belongs in the cage with the best in the world despite coming up short on both occasions.
And as he's proven in the past, Brown won't let a little bump in the road take him off track. For now, it's back to the drawing board to correct the wrestling issues that hindered his performance agaisnt "Bigg Rigg."
Once he's ready to shake it off and get back in to the Octagon, perhaps this 170-pound showdown at UFC Fight Night 62 -- which goes down this weekend (March 21, 2014) -- could provide his next challenge on his road to the title.