Matt Brown is set to make his big return to Ohio as he faces Bryan Barberena at UFC Columbus. The Ohio-based fighter has been hearing a lot about retirement and fighting at home lately.
Matt Brown is a veteran of the game and he's not going to get fazed by fighting in front of the Ohio crowd. UFC Columbus comes with no pressure for him as it's just another fight at this point.
“It’s just another night, man,” Brown told MMA Junkie at a UFC Columbus news conference. “There’s an area and a cage, and a guy inside there that wants to mess me up. That’s where my focus is, man, is inside that cage, what happens inside there. Me being ready to go and all the other stuff doesn’t matter, but it will be nice after the fight. My kids will be right here with me and all my friends and family, so after the fight is where it really kicks in and it’s cool.”
There has also been a lot of talk about retirement for Matt Brown. The UFC veteran has no interest in calling it a career and he's still winning fights and getting finishes.
“I plan on going until the wheels fall off, man,” UFC welterweight Brown said. “Outside of my brain, I’ve got to keep my brain intact, but it’s been healthy so far. I do the Cleveland Clinic study. I’m sure you guys all know about it. My scores have improved over time, actually, which is crazy. As long as my brain is in tact, man, I can just keep going. Who knows? I take it one fight at a time. That all could change next week. I could be like, ‘You know what? Screw this.’ I think me and Ken (Hathaway) were just talking about this the other day.
“It’s not the fighting that’s hard,” the UFC welterweight continued. “I could do this another 20 years, man. It’s the life. Life itself gets in the way. If there is too much life going on, then it gets in the way of fighting. In terms of just being motivated, disciplined, and enjoying and loving fighting, I could do it basically until I die, I think.”