Matt Brown (fighter)
Brown in 2008
|Born||January 10, 1981|
Jamestown, Ohio, United States
|Other names||The Immortal|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||171 lb (78 kg; 12.2 st)|
|Reach||75 in (190 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Team||Elevation Fight Team (2015–2018) |
Immortal Martial Arts (2018–present)
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu |
Brown belt in Judo
Green belt in Jujutsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Matthew Burton Brown (born January 10, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2004, Brown was a contestant on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter television series.
Brown was born and raised in Jamestown, Ohio. After being home schooled for two years, he attended Greeneview High School, where he struggled to fit in. Living in a small town with no foreseeable future outside of a low paying factory job as a machinist, Brown grew frustrated and turned to drugs and alcohol. For a period, he was addicted to meth, regularly used cocaine and would often get into fights at parties. By his early twenties he had survived a heroin overdose (which led to his nickname "The Immortal"), had been homeless and had been to prison. Brown's interest in MMA started with drunkenly practicing various submission holds that he had seen on VHS tapes featuring Ken Shamrock on friends.
In what started as a cocaine-fueled trip to see his friend fight, Brown signed up to his first fight on a few hours' notice. He purchased a mouth piece from across the road, boiled it in a nearby restaurant and fought his first fight without any training; despite this he ended up winning. Brown fought again in the same night and was beaten badly, losing a decision. His first formal training was at a Japanese jiu-jitsu gym, where he agreed to another fight in two weeks with Muay Thai rules. In what was actually a sanshou match, Brown wound up losing by decision and went to work the same night. He later transitioned to a Jorge Gurgel affiliate, which led him to full MMA training.
Mixed martial arts career
After compiling an amateur record of 2–0, Brown made his professional MMA debut in the fall of 2005, winning via submission.
On February 9, 2007 in Kennesaw, Georgia, Matt Brown won the ISCF (International Sport Combat Federation) East Coast Welterweight Championship over Douglas Lima by referee stoppage due to strikes at 2:50 of the second round.
Brown thought his career was over due to money problems, yet The Ultimate Fighter trials came along and he was selected to be on the show. He then began splitting time training with Matt Hume in Seattle, Washington and at Throwdown Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Ultimate Fighter
Brown was chosen as one of the thirty-two fighters to get a chance at a six-figure UFC contract in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest. He officially entered the show after defeating Josh Hall by TKO in the preliminary round. Brown moved on to the quarter finals by defeating Jeremy May in the first round via head kick KO. He faced eventual winner Amir Sadollah in the quarter-finals but lost by triangle choke in the second round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Brown won his UFC debut at The Ultimate Finale 7 by defeating Matt Arroyo, a season six contestant, via second-round TKO. The fight was a rematch from their 2007 fight, which Brown took on a few hours' notice and also won via TKO.
Brown lost his second fight in the organization by split decision to Korean Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 88. Kim threatened Brown with a rear-naked choke from back control in the first round, but became exhausted in the second round. In the third, Kim used some effective ground-and-pound and cut Brown with an elbow. All three judges scored the bout 29–28, two of them in Kim's favor and one in Brown's favor. The decision was contested by the partisan American crowd in attendance with noticeable booing. Commentator Joe Rogan announced during the post-fight interviews that he believed Brown had won the fight.
Brown was scheduled to fight on the TUF 9 Finale card against Anthony Johnson. However, Johnson pulled out of the fight after injuring his knee during practice. The UFC set out to find a replacement for Johnson but Brown pulled out as well, to heal up some nagging injuries.
Brown faced James Wilks at UFC 105, defeating him via TKO in the third round. Brown landed a flying knee during the second round that knocked Wilks to the canvas and in the third round, Brown escaped a near fight ending submission attempt by Wilks to take top position. After obtaining full mount, Brown landed multiple unanswered strikes, causing the referee to stop the fight, awarding Brown his third straight UFC win and taking his overall UFC record to 4–1.
During a radio interview held by MMAWeekly, Brown stated he would like to fight Renzo Gracie for his next fight. Instead, Brown faced Ricardo Almeida on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111. Brown lost the fight by rear-naked choke in the second round.
Brown was expected to face Canadian Rory MacDonald on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123. However, MacDonald withdrew from the card with an injury and replaced by Brian Foster, who defeated Brown by submission (guillotine choke) in the second round of their bout. After his third consecutive loss, it was announced on ESPN's "MMA Live" that Brown had been released from the promotion. However, Ariel Helwani announced that Brown had in fact not been released from the UFC, citing his source as the UFC itself.
Brown was expected to face Mark Scanlon on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann. However, Scanlon was forced off the card  and replaced by Matthew Riddle. Not long after the Riddle-Brown announcement was made, it was announced that Riddle had been pulled from the fight.
Brown was expected to face Rich Attonito on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4. However, main card participant Martin Kampmann was forced out of his bout with John Howard with an injury and Brown was chosen as his replacement, while Attonito faced Daniel Roberts. Brown won the fight against Howard via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 29–28).
Brown was expected to face British fighter John Hathaway on November 5, 2011 at UFC 138, replacing an injured Pascal Krauss. However, John Hathaway was forced to pull out of the bout due to an undisclosed injury and Brown was pulled from the event. Instead Brown faced Seth Baczynski on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139. He lost the fight via submission in the second round.
Brown next faced Mike Swick on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5. Despite being a slight underdog, Brown dominated on the ground in the first round, threatening with D'arce and triangle chokes. He eventually won the fight via knockout in the second round, capping a 4-0 year for Brown in 2012.
Brown was expected to face Dan Hardy on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7. However, Hardy was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Jordan Mein. Brown won via TKO due to punches and elbows to the body in the second round, the win also earned him his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Brown was expected to face Thiago Alves on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26. However, Alves pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Mike Pyle. Brown won via knockout due to punches in twenty nine seconds of round one. The win also earned Brown his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.
Brown was expected to face former WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9. However, in the week leading up to the event, Brown pulled out of the bout citing a back injury. As a result, Condit was removed from the card as well.
Brown faced Brazilian Erick Silva in his main-event debut at UFC Fight Night 40. After surviving a gruelling start of the first round, in which Silva dropped him with a body kick and almost caught him in a rear-naked choke, Brown came to win the fight via TKO due to punches in the third round. The win also earned Brown an extra $100,000 as he received both a Fight of the Night and a Performance of the Night bonus award.
Brown faced Robbie Lawler in a 5-round Welterweight title eliminator bout on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12. He lost the bout via unanimous decision. Brown received a bonus award for Fight of the Night.
A bout with Tarec Saffiedine was expected to take place on February 14, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 60. However, it was announced on January 1, 2015 that Saffiedine had pulled out of the bout, citing a groin injury. Subsequently, Brown was pulled from the event altogether.
Brown was briefly linked to a bout with Nate Diaz on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189. However, in mid-April, Brown announced that the pairing had been scrapped. Brown instead faced Tim Means on the card. He won the fight via submission in the first round.
Brown was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. However, Brown withdrew from the fight in early November citing an ankle injury. He was replaced by Neil Magny.
A pairing with Tarec Saffiedine was rescheduled and was expected to take place on 30 December 2016 at UFC 207. However, Brown was pulled from the fight on November 11 in favor of a matchup with Donald Cerrone three weeks earlier at UFC 206. He lost the fight via knockout in the third round.
Brown faced Diego Sanchez on November 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis. He won the fight via knockout in round one. This win also earned him a Performance of the Night bonus award.
Brown was scheduled to face Miguel Baeza on March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed and the bout has moved to May 16, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris. Despite knocking Baeza down in the first round, Brown lost the bout via second-round knockout.
Matt Brown is the owner of Immortal Martial Arts Center and the Co-founder and Co-owner of Immortal Coffee.
Brown is an avid heavy metal fan, and was in the crowd when former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered on stage while performing with his band Damageplan on December 8, 2004. Brown approached heavy metal vocalist Jamey Jasta of the band Hatebreed to write his UFC entrance theme song. The song, titled "The Immortal", was released on iTunes on March 10, 2015.
Brown also appears on The Great MMA Debate podcast alongside Mark Coleman, Damon Martin, and Jeremy Loper.
On the morning of May 15, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil, Brown was attacked in public by his former jiu-jitsu coach Rodrigo Botti. The assault began in the hotel lobby where Brown was staying, and escalated outside where it was witnessed by a number of bystanders. The attack was captured on video and Botti was detained by another man until the police arrived at the scene.
After his fight with Jake Ellenberger, Brown recalled having serious post-concussion symptoms, often slurring speech and having trouble with short-term memory. His wife, Colleen Brown, has also stated that Matt's memory is "not as sharp as it once was". He stated he has doubts continuing to fight due to his concussion. Months later he was knocked out by Donald Cerrone via headkick.
Brown's moniker, "The Immortal", was coined by his friends after his drug overdose and near death experience.
I came really close to dying,” Brown said. “I [overdosed] on heroin. … They said I was clinically dead for over a minute. I was in that mindset that there was nothing else to do. I could get drunk everyday and I'll still be (stuck) here, or I could go to college and I'll still be (stuck) here. [Overdosing] was one of the best things to happen to me. When that happened it woke me up and I was like, 'Man, I got to do something. My friends were like, 'Man, you are [expletive] immortal, huh?' And I thought, 'If I could beat all of that stuff, I could beat anything.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (three times)
- Knockout of the Night (one time)
- Performance of the Night (two times)vs. Erick Silva, Diego Sanchez
- Most knockout wins in the UFC Welterweight division and second most in UFC history (11)
- Most finishes in UFC Welterweight division history (13)
- Tied (with Thiago Alves) for most fights in the UFC Welterweight division (26)
- International Sport Combat Federation
- ISCF East Coast Welterweight Championship (one time)
- Bloody Elbow
- 2017 Best Knockout of the Year
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||22 wins||17 losses|
|Loss||22–17||Miguel Baeza||TKO (punches)||UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris||May 16, 2020||2||0:18||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Win||22–16||Ben Saunders||KO (elbow and punches)||UFC 245||December 14, 2019||2||4:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–16||Diego Sanchez||KO (elbow)||UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis||November 11, 2017||1||3:44||Norfolk, Virginia, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||20–16||Donald Cerrone||KO (head kick)||UFC 206||December 10, 2016||3||0:44||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||20–15||Jake Ellenberger||TKO (body kick and punches)||UFC 201||July 30, 2016||1||1:46||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||20–14||Demian Maia||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 198||May 14, 2016||3||4:31||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||20–13||Tim Means||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 189||July 11, 2015||1||4:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||19–13||Johny Hendricks||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 185||March 14, 2015||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||19–12||Robbie Lawler||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown||July 26, 2014||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||UFC Welterweight title eliminator. Brown missed weight (172.5 lbs). Fight of the Night.|
|Win||19–11||Erick Silva||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva||May 10, 2014||3||2:11||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night|
|Win||18–11||Mike Pyle||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||1||0:29||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||17–11||Jordan Mein||TKO (elbows)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||2||1:00||San Jose, California, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||16–11||Mike Swick||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz||December 8, 2012||2||2:31||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||15–11||Luis Ramos||TKO (knees and punches)||UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida||June 22, 2012||2||4:20||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14–11||Stephen Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||13–11||Chris Cope||TKO (punches)||UFC 143||February 4, 2012||2||1:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–11||Seth Baczynski||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||2||0:42||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||12–10||John Howard||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry||June 26, 2011||3||5:00||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||11–10||Brian Foster||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 123||November 20, 2010||2||2:11||Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||11–9||Chris Lytle||Submission (inverted triangle choke and straight armbar)||UFC 116||July 3, 2010||2||2:02||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–8||Ricardo Almeida||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 111||March 27, 2010||2||3:30||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–7||James Wilks||TKO (punches)||UFC 105||November 14, 2009||3||2:27||Manchester, England|
|Win||10–7||Pete Sell||TKO (punches)||UFC 96||March 7, 2009||1||1:32||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||9–7||Ryan Thomas||Submission (armbar)||UFC 91||November 15, 2008||2||0:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–7||Dong Hyun Kim||Decision (split)||UFC 88||September 6, 2008||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||8–6||Matt Arroyo||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale||June 21, 2008||2||3:40||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||7–6||Chris Lytle||Submission (guillotine choke)||United Fight League||August 11, 2007||2||2:49||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||7–5||Dan Kolbasowski||Submission (armbar)||FightFest: Black and Blues Tour||July 6, 2007||1||1:37||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||6–5||Daniel Moraes||Submission (armbar)||GFC: Evolution||May 19, 2007||1||2:32||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||6–4||Jesse Chilton||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||NLF 8 NEXT LEVEL FIGHTING 8||March 10, 2007||3||3:23||Steubenville, Ohio, United States|
|Win||6–3||Douglas Lima||TKO (punches)||ISCF: Invasion||February 9, 2007||2||2:50||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States||Won the vacant ISCF East Coast Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||5–3||Matt Arroyo||TKO (punches)||Real Fighting Championships||November 4, 2006||2||2:50||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||4–3||Jason Nickoson||Submission (triangle choke)||Fightfest 8||October 20, 2006||1||0:51||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||3–3||Chris Liguori||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CITC 3: Marked Territory||September 30, 2006||2||0:42||Lincroft, New Jersey, United States||For the vacant CITC Welterweight Championship.|
|Loss||3–2||Mikey Gomez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 17||June 24, 2006||1||3:35||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Win||3–1||Brian King||Submission (armbar)||Broken Reflection||May 20, 2006||1||3:27||Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Pete Spratt||Decision (unanimous)||International Freestyle Fighting 1||May 6, 2006||3||5:00||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Win||2–0||Joey Whitt||KO (punches)||GFL: Brawl at the Buckeye||February 10, 2006||1||0:39||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1–0||Ricardo Martinez||Submission (neck crank)||Higher Power Fighting||October 8, 2005||1||2:54||Lancaster, Ohio, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||2–1||Amir Sadollah||Submission (triangle choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest||May 28, 2008 (airdate)||2||4:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Eliminated.|
|Win||2–0||Jeremy May||KO (head kick)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest||May 7, 2008 (airdate)||1||3:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Advanced to Quarterfinals.|
|Win||1–0||Josh Hall||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest||April 9, 2008 (airdate)||1||4:58||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Preliminary round.|
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