“Back in the younger days when I was addicted to drugs and partying all the time,” said top-ten ranked UFC welterweight Matt Brown on the premier episode of UFC Road to the Octagon, “all I did was take that to the extreme. Now I take something positive and take it to the extreme. I’m still the same person, it’s just directed in a positive manner these days.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
It’s hard to look at UFC welterweight Matt Brown’s recent success and think the man is anything but unstoppable. He has won his last six fights, five of those by way of knockout – an impressive run that has earned him a spot in the division’s top ten contenders and a shot at No. 2-ranked contender Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 9 on December 14.
But Brown’s climb to the top began in the depths deeper than most would imagine.
“I was born and raised in a really small town, population of about 200 people,” Brown recounts of his upbringing on the UFC’s recent premier of ‘UFC on FOX 9: Road to the Octagon’. “Things always came easy, like I could go party all night and still pass my classes – you know, sleep for an hour or whatever. I started rebelling against everything, ended up around a lot of the wrong people, partying, drugs, alcohol. At one point it got way too far. I overdosed on heroin and went to the hospital. According to the doctors I was clinically dead for probably over a minute. I don’t feel like anybody could have been through what I went through and be where I’m at right now. I was so deep in that life for such a long time. I had to find new friends, I had to find new places to hang out. Basically, you know, everything had to change.
“Back in the younger days, when I was addicted to drugs and partying all the time, all I did was take that to the extreme. Now I take something positive and take it to the extreme. I’m still the same person, it’s just directed in a positive manner these days.”
The ordeal earned Brown his nickname, ‘The Immortal,’ a fitting moniker for a man who has fought his way from nearly ending his life to becoming one of the top UFC fighters at 170 pounds.
Matt Brown and Carlos Condit are set to fight on the main card of UFC on FOX 9, which takes place December 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA.