"This fighting thing, I do it because I love it and that's it. I'm not doing it for the fame or the money, so when it comes down to it, I get to do what I love and then I get to go home and be with my family. Aint no better life than that. As long as Obama don't come and try to take my guns, I'll keep the American dream going," stated UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown, who talked about his recent victory, his April showdown with Dan Hardy, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on your last win, a knockout over Mike Swick. How do you feel about the performance?
MB: I felt pretty good, man. I felt like what I did in the 2nd round, I could have did in the 1st round. That's about the only downside of my performance I thought.
PC: Swick is dangerous until the end, and even in his fight before the one with you, he was buzzed by DeMarques Johnson and came back and knocked him out, so when you hurt him, did you know you had to pounce on him?
MB: Shit, that's always the fight plan, man. This here is a dangerous sport brother, so if you hurt somebody, you go after them. In that particular case, I wasn't even throwing a knockout punch. I was just looking to throw a combo and it was there. I just felt it. it wasn't really a thought process at all; just muscle memory, you know.
PC: At one point, you dropped three fights in a row and some people will judge you by that when they look at your record. But what your record doesn't show is that you took a lot of those fights on short notice. Do you regret taking any of those fights or did you use them all as learning experiences?
MB: Nah, man. I learned so much from all of these fights, man. When it comes down to it, I love fighting. I don't do this to be undefeated or on these long fight winning streaks. I do it because I love fighting. If he gets the better of me, more power to him.
PC: You have definitely turned it around. You have now won 4 in a row. Did you change something in training or in your personal life that you can credit this success to?
MB: There are a lot of things that I turned around. I think, more than anything, it was just things outside of the cage. During that 3-fight losing streak, man, I had a lot of shit going on outside of the cage. I'm not really going to get into it because I don't want to make excuses. Everybody goes through shit every day. It wasn't an excuse as far as the reason for losing, but I let it get to me. I have learned to deal with life a little bit better, you know, and become more of an adult I guess you can say.
PC: I remember when you had a lot going on.
MB: Everybody's got shit going on, so it ain't no excuse.
PC: Both you and Dan Hardy are on hot streaks, so the timing seems perfect for this fight in April. What was your reaction when you got the call that it was gonna be Dan Hardy?
MB: I never put a whole lot of thought into it. A fight is a fight, man. It's another shot at being in the spotlight again and I get to do lots of interviews and countdown stuff and whatever they do. That's about the only thing I think about, but other than that, a fight's a fight, man. It will be another guy standing across the cage that I'm going to be going in there to beat, and he's going to be going in there to beat me, so we will throw down and see what happens.
PC: You have been getting plenty of FOX exposure in your last few fights. How has that been to showcase your talents on such a big stage?
MB: It's good because I've been doing well on FOX (laughing). As long as you are doing well, it's good exposure. You don't want to lose on a big card like that. It's definitely cool, man. I get a lot more Twitter followers (laughing); it's the same shit to me. You just get a few more followers on Twitter and a few more people liking your shit on Facebook. It's the same ol' thing, man. I wake up every day, work out as hard as I can, and go home every night and get the best rest that I can. I try to be with my family and kids. It's the same life to me, man.
PC: That's one thing that I like about you. I remember talking to you when you were on the show and you literally have not changed one bit.
MB: Yeah! I see a lot of people change, you know. But you know, this fighting thing, I do it because I love it and that's it. I'm not doing it for the fame or the money, so when it comes down to it, I get to do what I love and then I get to go home and be with my family. Aint no better life than that. As long as Obama don't come and try to take my guns, I'll keep the American dream going.
PC: I don't think you are gonna have to worry about that my man. I wish you the best in April. I'm sure we will speak more leading up to the fight. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
MB: No man; that's it. I'm good. Thanks brotha!
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