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Matt Brown reacts to UFC Columbus loss: ‘Held back in the third, big mistake’

A back-and-forth war between Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena didn’t go Brown’s way, and the 41-year-old veteran has some ideas as to why.

UFC Fight Night: Brown v Barberena Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

While UFC Columbus didn’t elicit a record-setting nine performance bonuses like UFC London the week before, there’s no denying its “Fight of the Night” was a wild ride worthy of “Fight of the Year” discussion. Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena went to war for three rounds, battering each other relentlessly.

In the end, Barberena had his arm raised with a razor-thin split decision win, something the Columbus, Ohio, crowd was not happy about. They clearly thought their hometown boy “The Immortal” deserved to win, and so did Brown. He was whisked away to the hospital following the fight for precautionary reasons, but did send some tweets off regarding the fight.

“Thanks to everyone for all the support,” he wrote immediately after the event. “Felt like I won the first two rounds so held back in third. Big mistake apparently. Big respect to Barberena he’s a real f—king soldier.”

Brown was mistaken to think he’d won round two ... all three judges gave that one to Barberena.

Three hours later, Brown re-appeared on social media to give his updated thoughts on his performance.

“Ok after re-watching I def didn’t hold back in 3rd rd,” he wrote. “In my head I was lol. Onto the next one much respect to Bryan Barberena, was a lot of fun.”

For those wondering how the stats on that fight broke down, Barberena landed 111 significant strikes (186 total) versus Brown’s 81 (95 total). But, don’t forget to take into consideration Brown’s five successful takedowns to Barberena’s zero.

Maybe we should just run this one back a few times, Figueiredo vs. Moreno style?

The defeat drops Brown to 2-3 since his 2019 return after a two-year break. At 41 years old, you have to wonder how many more fights we may get from him, but if Brown has it his way he’ll sign a new eight-fight deal with UFC and fight until he’s 45.


For complete UFC Columbus: “Blaydes vs. Daukaus” results and play-by-play, click HERE.