Matt Brown still throws a pretty mean elbow.
The welterweight from Ohio knicknamed “The Immortal” had called his UFC Norfolk matchup with Diego Sanchez his retirement fight through most of the buildup, only to reconsider as the fight drew near.
As of Saturday night, he’s still unsure whether he’ll go on with his career. But if he does retire, he’s going out on a high note, as he finished Sanchez with a picture perfect standing elbow. The time of the knockout was 3:44 of the opening round.
“We’ll see what happens, I’ll talk to my family over the holiday,” Brown said. “As for now I have to keep my focus on Diego, man. If you don’t put 100 percent focus on him, he’s going to whoop your ass.”
Sanchez, The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner, was competing at welterweight for the first time since 2012. He pushed the pace early, but made his fatal mistake late by throwing a kick which Brown caught. Brown pushed him back into the cage, then dropped him cold with the elbows.
Sanchez lost his second straight fight and third in his past four, with all three losses coming via knockout.
“Thank Diego Sanchez, the truest warrior in the sport,” Brown said. “I can’t say enough good things about Diego.”
Brown’s win gave him 12 finishes at welterweight, surpassing Matt Hughes for most in UFC welterweight history, and also added to his welterweight record with his 10th KO.