After a remarkable win over Diego Sanchez on Saturday night, Matt Brown remains noncommittal about his retirement plans.
In late September, Matt Brown announced that his scheduled November 11th fight against fellow TUF alum Diego Sanchez would be his last. But a couple of days before fight night, he was suddenly unsure about it, bearing feelings of dissatisfaction about his career accomplishments.
“The Immortal” ended up with an emphatic win against Sanchez via a vicious first-round elbow knockout. After this rejuvenating moment, it now looks like the 36-year-old UFC veteran would really be putting his previous retirement plans on hold, considering that more people have apparently told him to continue fighting.
“I don’t know, man. To be honest, I’m not even thinking about it right now,” Brown said during the post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting). “To be honest, it’s not even really a thought in my mind. I’m thinking about enjoying tonight and we’ll talk about it later.”
“I’ve definitely had more people tell me not to retire than to retire, that’s for sure,” he added. “But to be honest, nobody other than me and my family really has any bearing on that and close friends. So I’m not even going to allow anybody else’s opinions to get into my mind like that.”
Brown’s brutal knockout win is already being considered by many as a candidate for Knockout of the Year. But for Brown, it was more of a bittersweet moment, being a big fan of Sanchez since the early days of the Zuffa glory years.
“I told him, I said, ‘Man, I’ve got more respect for you than anybody in the game,’ and that’s a fact,” Brown said of his short conversation with Sanchez right after the fight. “That’s true, man. I actually picked Diego to be champion way back in the day when he was in the UFC. I thought he would beat B.J. Penn when he fought for that title. I’ve been a huge fan of his since then.”
“I was watching The Ultimate Fighter 1 with him on it and cheering him on. I think I even had King of Cage (videos) with him before he was even on The Ultimate Fighter, and I was loving the guy. I can’t say enough good things about Diego. There’s nobody else I would less rather do it to.”