Matt Brown will be looking to bounce back from his tough split decision loss to Dong Hyung Kim at UFC 88 when he steps up with only two weeks notice to take on Ryan Thomas at UFC 91.
Brown had no problem stepping up to the plate with little time to prepare when Matt Riddle was forced off the card with a knee injury. There are a lot of questions that surround a fighter when they take a fight on short notice but when Fiveouncesofpain.com spoke with the Cincinnati-based brawler, he stressed that it would not be a problem.
“I feel great,” Brown said. “I’m 100% ready to go. I was ready to go when they called me. I try to always be ready.”
Taking a fight with little time to prepare is far from unfamiliar territory for the former season seven cast member of The Ultimate Fighter.
“I’ve had so many fights that have been on short notice so it’s just another fight for me,” the welterweight said. “I always stay in shape.”
As luck would have it, Brown just so happened to be deep in training when he heard about the fight with Thomas.
“Right before this fight I was actually training in New York,” Brown said. “I went to Renzo Gracie’s school a few times and Premier Fitness with Jamal Patterson.”
“When I got the call I was actually in New York training with those guys so I was definitely staying in shape and ready to go.”
There’s another question that springs to mind when thinking of a fighter that takes a fight with little time to prepare and that is the weight.
“My weight’s higher than normal so it’s going to suck but when doesn’t it suck,” explained Brown. “I’ll get it done. I’m a professional so I’m not going to miss weight.”
Brown will be physically prepared when he steps into the cage on November 15th but even he will not deny that there will be other factors that will come into play in his match with Thomas.
“The only difference really is that I won’t have a full training camp to really drill and execute a game plan,” Brown said. “It’s just going to be a fight with no real game plan. Whatever tools I have at the moment is what I’m going to have to use in the cage.”
Little notice or not, the Jorge Gurgel-trained fighter is eager to test himself against Thomas.
“I know he wrestled in college for years,” the fighter said. “I think it’s a pretty good match up for me.”
Knowledgeable of Thomas’ wrestling credentials, Brown doesn’t feel like it will be a problem that he won’t be able to handle.
“He’s definitely no Josh Koscheck,” Brown said. “He’s not an amazing wrestler, he’s a pretty decent wrestler so I think I’ll be able to keep it on my feet.”
Although Thomas comes into the sport as an experienced wrestler, he has made it known throughout his career that he is not scared to stand and deliver when need be.
“From his videos it looks like he likes to stand and bang and doesn’t use his wrestling a whole lot,” Brown said. “I think I’ll be able to keep it on my feet and I think we’ll bang it out and put on an exciting matchup for everyone.”
The former Division I wrestler’s willingness to trade in many of his fights has Brown licking his chops at the potential of what could turn out to be an old fashioned slugfest.
“I think it will be an exciting match up for me because that’s what I like to do,” Brown said. “It is an mma fight so I’m not afraid to go to the ground. I just have my best chance of winning on the feet so that’s where I want to keep it.”
At the conclusion of the interview, Brown indicated that the support of sponsors such as TapouT, Reid Fight Wear and Denaro Sports Marketing has helped him prepare properly in spite of a short turnaround time.