Like most fighters who share the same appetite for destruction, UFC welterweight veteran Matt Brown is currently experiencing the lows of professional mixed martial arts (MMA). Not only has the former title contender lost five out of his last six Octagon appearances, including a recent knockout defeat to Donald Cerrone back at UFC 206, but the 36-year-old is unsure of his long-term UFC future.
That said, Brown simply can’t walk away at this point. In fact, the fan favorite brawler is planning on returning to the Octagon this fall.
“I’m not rushing but I am looking at probably October,” Brown said in a recent interview with BJ Penn Radio. “Well if I can get an opponent. I have been talking to Sean Shelby and we are just looking for an opponent. You know half of getting a fight is finding someone to fight. It looks like that is probably going to be the timetable but I don’t know if it is going to work out with opponents and everything. I should hear something back very soon actually.
“We talked about October 7 (UFC 216), obviously I can’t announce anything because I don’t have an opponent. But yea, it is supposed to be October 7. I am just waiting for an opponent.”
Brown, who compiled a seven-fight win streak from 2012-2014, hasn’t won inside of the cage since submitting Tim Means back at UFC 189. He has dropped two consecutive fights by way of knockout and hasn’t been this far removed from title contention in years. Still, “The Immortal” is living up to his moniker and looking to stay alive at 170 pounds.
“I am ready to fight anybody. You know there are a lot of good matchups out there for me right now,” Brown said. “Obviously I have to get a few wins together here before worrying about fighting someone like (Tyron) Woodley. With that said, I think I matchup good with Woodley. I feel like I’m a lot like Rory MacDonald. He (Rory) showed the blueprint on how to beat Woodley. But yea man I am pretty much ready to fight anybody.”
“I know that Cowboy (Cerrone) was trying to get on the UFC 216 fight card,” Brown continued. “I told Sean (Shelby) that I would gladly take that fight. You know if he really wants on that card I will be there. Other than that, like you said the landscape changes so much with guys getting wins or getting hurt. I really don’t know who is all available to fight.”
Another bout opposite “Cowboy” would certainly excite fight fans, but it’s highly unlikely considering Brown just lost to Cerrone this past December. Instead, Brown could be matched up against an up-and-coming contender to see where he currently resides in the welterweight division.