Matt Brown: ‘I’ve had more people tell me not to retire than to retire’
After a remarkable win over Diego Sanchez on Saturday night, Matt Brown remains noncommittal about his retirement plans.
Matt Brown announced that his scheduled November 11th fight against fellow TUF alum Diego Sanchez would be his last.
“I don’t know, man. To be honest, I’m not even thinking about it right now,” Brown said during the post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting). “To be honest, it’s not even really a thought in my mind. I’m thinking about enjoying tonight and we’ll talk about it later.”
“I’ve definitely had more people tell me not to retire than to retire, that’s for sure,” he added. “But to be honest, nobody other than me and my family really has any bearing on that and close friends. So I’m not even going to allow anybody else’s opinions to get into my mind like that.”
“I told him, I said, ‘Man, I’ve got more respect for you than anybody in the game,’ and that’s a fact,” Brown said of his short conversation with Sanchez right after the fight. “That’s true, man. I actually picked Diego to be champion way back in the day when he was in the UFC. I thought he would beat B.J. Penn when he fought for that title. I’ve been a huge fan of his since then.”
“I was watching The Ultimate Fighter 1 with him on it and cheering him on. I think I even had King of Cage (videos) with him before he was even on The Ultimate Fighter, and I was loving the guy. I can’t say enough good things about Diego. There’s nobody else I would less rather do it to.”