Matt Brown is one of the UFC's most exciting strikers. The 28-year-old constantly evolving brawler is currently 3-1 with the promotion after endearing himself to fans around the globe with the heart he displayed during his time spent on The Ultimate Fighter 7.
Brown was unable to pull of the tournament win, losing to eventual tournament champion Amir Sadollah, but he did enough during his time on the show to impress UFC brass with his mix of unique talent and no-nonsense attitude, eventually earning a slot on the organizations welterweight roster.
Brown (16-7) has made the most of his shot with the UFC, earning big wins over Matt Arroyo, Ryan Thomas, and Pete Sell. He dropped his only Octagon loss to highly regarded and currently undefeated Dong Hyun Kim via controversial split decision.
The Ohio native recently suffered another huge loss outside of the cage when his father passed on after a struggling with acute myeloid leukemia. Brown, once again showed his quality as a human being by returning donations he received for his father's medical bills, back to individuals who sent them in.
Matt Brown: I've been up in Seattle at AMC [American Martial Arts Center] with Matt Hume for the past eight weeks. I'll have spent ten weeks up there altogether by the time I leave for Manchester.
FiveKnuckles.com: Is Seattle now the headquarters for your training?
Matt Brown: I don't really have one single place that I call home as far as training is concerned. I live in Las Vegas, but in preparation for a fight, my favorite place is with Matt Hume in Seattle. I like to implement his strategy because I get the most out of it. I believe he has one of the most successful camps out there. There are a lot of great fighters and great places to train in Las Vegas also. The main place I train there is Warrior Training Center, but I've recently been going to Wanderlei's [Silva] camp too.
FiveKnuckles.com: One would only have to look into how you got your nickname "The Immortal" to understand where you've been in life. That said, did you expect your life to change so drastically as a result of MMA?
Matt Brown: It was definitely my goal to change my life as much as it has. Whether or not I believed it was going to happen is another story. I'm as happy as can be that my life has changed for the better, but that's not to say I don't think about how lucky I am every now and again. It feels great to be where I'm at right now. I really understand that I can achieve what I set my mind to. My life has taken a complete 360. I couldn't even begin to scratch the surface of how much I've changed.
FiveKnuckles.com: It's been a while since your stint on The Ultimate Fighter 7, but can you speak of any changes in your life since that experience?
Matt Brown: One thing that's definitely changed is the fact that I have more money now. ...