BJPenn.Com Exclusive: Matt Brown on GSP, Title Shots and Injuries (2 of 2)
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With three wins in a row Brown has begun to capture the attention of the fans as well as a very important magazine. Fight Magazine recently had Brown on their cover and it’s something for him and his family to cherish when his career is over.
“Being on the cover was really cool, it wasn’t more than six or seven years ago that I was reading that magazine and idolizing the guys on the cover,” Brown admitted. “Just to think there’s some kid looking at me like that now is freaking amazing. All the guys from Fight were really cool and I thought they put together a really good story. I’m pleased with it and I think it’s amazing.”
The UFC welterweight division is finally getting its champion back when Georges St. Pierre makes his return against interim champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in November. 18 months will have gone by since we last saw GSP in the Octagon. Brown gave his opinion on that fight as well as a number one contender bout between Johny Hendricks and Martin Kampman also scheduled for that same night.
“I know Kampmann pretty well so I’ll definitely be cheering for him in his fight,” offered Brown. “Hendricks will be a tough fight for anyone, not too many people can wrestle with him and I hear that he hits pretty hard. That’s a tough combination to deal with, but I think Kampmann will be able to pull that off. He’s really tough and good everywhere.”
“It’s hard to go against GSP against pretty much anybody. I would imagine he will find a way to win, but Condit has surprised everyone. I don’t know if anyone expected to be where he’s at and to have defeated some of the guys he’s beaten. Did anyone think when he came to the UFC that he’d be the interim champion? Maybe some people did, but I know I didn’t. When he was in the WEC he was beating a completely different level of welterweights.”
Just as we had asked Joey Beltran and Jake Rosholt before him we asked Brown about the idea of the UFC having a third fighter training for each main event. The UFC would have someone on standby in the event one of the other fighters got injured and would alleviate a lot of pressure from the UFC’s shoulders. Of course that third fighter would be compensated whether or not he was called on to fight.
“I think it would be cool, I could be on standby in case Condit or GSP got hurt,” said Brown. “That’s real talk; I’m definitely the type of guy who would do that. It would be an amazing opportunity for me. I think it’s a good idea and offers someone an opportunity who would be willing to step in and do the job.”
When he steps in to the cage with Swick it will be Brown’s fourth fight this year. You very rarely see any fighters competing that much anymore because of injuries. If it were up to Brown he’d fight more often and he doesn’t understand how everyone keeps getting injured. He is what you could call a fighters fighter.
“I’d like to fight every month if I could and I don’t see any reason why that’s not possible,” Brown stated. “Maybe do it six or seven months out the year, we could fight every month. I think people would get injured a lot less because you’d have to stay in peak shape all the time. It would be cool with me and if I hadn’t gotten married I would have fought again already. I don’t see any reason to have a four month training camp. I have 12 weeks until my next fight; I wish I could just do it next week!”
“I don’t think I’ve ever backed out of fight, at least none that I can remember. I fight with minor injuries constantly. I guess I’m just fortunate and I heal quickly. I have good training partners who help me train smart. I don’t know how these other guys are getting hurt so much.”
“I think at least 50% of my fights I’ve had my original opponent got hurt. There’s been a few times when the fight wasn’t even announced yet and the guy got hurt. There’s been a few times when guys took the fight and literally got hurt the next day. When Anthony Johnson got hurt before our fight I actually told the UFC I couldn’t take a replacement because I was hurt too. That’s the only time I can remember being too injured that I couldn’t compete.”
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