UFC veteran Matt Brown has been in the fighting game for a long time and has seen his share of MMA matchups. Brown has an interesting match of his own coming up against Demian Maia at UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14.
While Brown in concentrated on his fight with Maia, the veteran gave some time to talk about all the buzz on UFC 200 and Conor McGregor on the Great MMA Debate podcast recently.
“Both sides have a side. I don’t think you can take a side in this,” Brown said (transcribed by FOX Sports). “Conor made the bed and now he’s got to lay in it. Conor set himself up for this. But obviously the UFC, I respect that they’re being consistent because if somebody else did what he did, they’d do exactly what they did to him. I don’t think there would be any difference. As a corporation, you have to do that.
“On Conor’s side, he made the bed you’ve got to lay in it. Of course, I get where he’s coming from. No single person wants to do promotion. Not a single one of us.”
Although promotion is not something any of the fighters are particularly keen on, it comes with the territory. McGregor stated that he wanted to focus on training for the rematch against Diaz who served him his first loss in the UFC.
“I can’t imagine it going any different,” Brown said. “That’s the problem and unless there’s something behind the scenes, which lots and lots of times in fights there are things behind the scenes that you simply just don’t know about. Conor could have woke up sick. He could have had torn ligaments and he’s not going to be a (expletive) and make up excuses about it, right? It could be something like that.
“When you look at skill versus skill, there’s no reason not to believe Nate Diaz that beat him on 11 days notice isn’t going to beat him with a full training camp.”
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