Hard-nosed as they come, Matt Brown didn’t mince his words in the lead up to his fight against Donald ‘Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 206 in Toronto. Speaking to reporters in the open workout Media Scrum, Brown detailed exactly what he thinks of his opponent and how he plans to approach their fight.
"I think 'Cowboy' plays off a certain image and a lot of people believe that image when they get into the cage with him, but I think most it's just a lie and I plan on going in there and exposing that lie”, he said about the wildly popular Cerrone.
Having been training partners once, one would expect Matt Brown to have the low-down on his opponent, but his caustic comments do come as a surprise given how popular a figure Cowboy is in the MMA world.
Brown also went on to label Cerrone’s “posturing” during fights as a form of bully mentality, describing it as resembling “the senior in high school that was bullying the freshmen". Having been bullied in his childhood himself, Brown understandably doesn’t take kindly to what he perceives to be Cerrone’s approach to fighting.
He details that Cerrone doesn’t have the stomach for a real fight and can only beat up on fighters that are intimidated by him. As evinced by his own patented approach to fighting, Matt Brown is a never-say-die front foot fighter that isn’t afraid of a scrap.
In all the times Cerrone has been defeated in his career, it’s been because of fighters that aren’t shy of coming forward and taking the attack to him. While Brown may have a point when he claims that he may have the approach to unsettle Cerrone, he does have to be wary of the smooth striking of his opponent who would, no doubt, look to hand him his 5th loss in his last 6 fights.Published 08 Dec 2016, 19:19 IST