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Thursday, 08/22/2013, 11:51 am

EXCLUSIVE | Matt Brown: “Sometimes You’re the Hammer and Sometimes You’re the Nail” | Late Night Cage Side Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN

This week on BJPenn.com’s Late Night Cage Side Radio we invited on UFC welterweight and recent Knockout of the Night winner from last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, Matt “The Immortal” Brown. Brown is the current owner of a 6 fight winning streak inside the UFC and has been surging his way into welterweight title contention. Our boys Chase and Kinch were able to talk with Matt about his most recent KO win over Mike Pyle last weekend, where he feels that leaves him in the contention ladder, and when we can expect to see him back inside the octagon. Here are some of the highlights from the interview with Matt Brown on Late Night Cage Side Radio:

Matt was first asked to comment on how he was feeling following his :29 second KO of Mike Pyle at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 26 event in Boston. Brown replied, “I’m happy, man. It can’t get much better than that.”

Following his quick finish of Pyle and moving his winning streak to 6 in a row Brown called out current champion, GSP, while talking with Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview. He was asked by our team if he was planning to make that call out following a win or if it just happened organically. Brown stated, “I don’t really plan for anything after the fight. You never know what’s going to happen in there, so, no plan.”

He was then asked if he saw the fight playing out as quickly as it did:

“Of course not. You never expect a fight to go that fast. That would be unintelligent,” he said, “especially against a guy as good as Pyle.”

“Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail.”

Brown, who with his sixth consecutive win has finally cracked into the top ten UFC rankings, was asked if he felt those rankings were accurate or if he felt they didn’t really determine too much in relation to who gets the next title shot. He replied,

“I really try not to even think about that kind of stuff. The rankings are just subjective and really out of my control, so I just do the best I can to put on the best performance I can. Can’t do much more than that, let you guys take care of the rest.”

He was then asked what he was going to do with his off time now that the fight with Pyle is over and how much time he was planning on taking off before he jumped back into training. Brown stated to be, “Putting my mind at ease for a little bit. It’s not going to last long, you know what I mean? I’ll ease my mind for a couple days and I’m gonna have to get right back into the gym. I have tough guys coming up, for sure.”

“For a week or two I won’t force myself to go [to the gym] but if I have the time to go I will. And then after that it’s back to business. It won’t be more than two weeks, for sure.”

Brown is unquestionably going to draw a top ten opponent, maybe even a top five name, for his next bout. He was asked if he was looking for a top name or if he didn’t really care about who the UFC put in front of him. He explained that he would like a top name and he feels he deserves a top name but he continued by stating, “If they call, they’re not too fond of people who say no. So you gotta do what you gotta do.”

He then explained that he was going to be training for the top level competition after taking a couple of days or a week off because he knows that he could possibly get a call to step in for a fight on short notice. He explained, “You never know what’s going to happen. You never know how things are going to play out. Maybe Johny Hendricks gets hurt and they need someone to take his place right away.” He continued, “Once in a lifetime opportunities come up sometimes so you have to be ready for it.”

Brown, who is a family man with a wife and children, was asked if his wife goes to the fights and stays with him all the way up until his bout.

“Not backstage,” he laughed, “but she comes to every one of them.”

Matt Brown has been on an unrealistic tear over the span of his last six fights. He is right on the verge of fighting one of the top welterweights in the world and was asked to comment on how he felt that his wrestling skills stacked up to either GSP’s or Johny Hendricks’. He replied,  “Pretty damn good, honestly. I know everybody thinks I’m crazy, you read the forums they think I’m delusional or whatever, but I match up well with him. And, you know, I understand where everyone is coming from. I probably haven’t shown a whole lot show that I match up well with him but I absolutely do. I absolutely know that I can go in there and take everything they have.”

He then explained that he knows he has the skills and tools to beat GSP and confidently stated, “It’s not just that I think I can, I know I can. It’s just a matter of executing when the time comes in the cage. I wrestle better guys than him all the time, on a consistent basis. I know how good I am…it’s just a matter of execution.”

To end the interview Brown was asked to comment on something a little lighter. He has been currently working on starting his own MMA equipment line  and was given the opportunity to talk about that project and when the fans can expect to see it hit the market.

“It’s called Immortal Combat Equipment, or ICE for short. It’s going to be a lot of work and we have a lot of ideas, a lot of things that we’re going to bring to the table that nobody’s seen before. It’s going to be unique to the MMA industry,” he explained. “When everything is finished and perfect it’s going to be unveiled and I think it’s going to make a big splash on the scene.”

We can’t wait to see it.

From all of us here at BJPenn.com we would like to thank Mr. Brown for taking the time to talk with us and we would like to congratulate him on his impressive performance last weekend in his win over Mike Pyle. We look forward to hearing big things in the future for Matt “The Immortal” Brown.

-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

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