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Matt Brown On His Mental Toughness & Keeping Himself In Check

Andrew Ravens

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Ahead of his scheduled main event fight with Robbie Lawler, Matt Brown talked about his mindset going into a fight as well as keeping himself in check during a fight and leading up to a fight. Check it out below:

“It can be everything,” Brown said. “If you’ve got two guys in there who are similar athletically, it’s going to come down to mental toughness. At this level, if you don’t have mental toughness, you’re going to have problems right away. I think mental toughness can overcome athleticism way more than athleticism can overcome mental toughness.”

Matt Brown has 19-11 MMA record. He has 12 by KO, 5 by Submission and 2 coming by decision. However, he has lost 9 fights by submission and has never been knocked out.

“Sometimes I’ll get on the aerodyne (bike) and crank it out as hard as I can, just imagine the fight happening in front of me, and when I imagine him swinging a punch at me, I’ll just crank the aerodyne a little bit harder,” Brown said. “The mind is something you have to constantly work on, just like the body. You have to always be making it stronger. A lot of people think you’re either born tough, born with heart, or you’re not. I disagree. I think it can be taught and it can be learned to a certain extent. It’s not so much about whether you’re born with it as whether you want it.”

He is currently on a seven fight winning streak with wins over Chris Cope via TKO back in February of 2012, a unanimous decision over Stephen Thompson at UFC 145 in April of 2012. In the summer of 2012 he beat Luis Ramos via TKO in the second round. He finished 2012 on a very positive note with a knockout win over Mike Swick in the second round.

“I don’t like to say that I don’t care whether I win or lose, but I don’t think about it,” Brown said. “The outcome is secondary to what I’m actually trying to do. That’s a tough thing to learn.”

In April of 2013 he beat Jordan Mein in the 2nd round with a TKO victory and the finally when he fought last against Mike Pyle he made short work of him by knocking him out in 29 seconds in the first round. He then would go on to dominate his fight against Erick Silva in the main event of UFC Fight Night 40.

UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown goes down this Saturday night (7/26) on UFC Fight Pass and big Fox. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass and to the fight the big fights on the rest of the prelim card and then the main card that airs on Fox. The main event will feature Matt Brown vs. Robbie Lawler, the co-main event will see Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The event airs from San Jose, California at the San Jose, California. The show starts with Juliana Carneiro Lima vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk at 4:15 p.m on UFC Fight Pass and then continuing on big Fox. The rest of the prelims that will air on Fox starts at 6 p.m. ET with Mike De La Torre vs. Brian Ortega. We have three more fights before the main card kicks off a 8 p.m. ET with Bobby Green vs. Josh Thomson. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.


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