Matt Brown
The Immortal

USA

Returns to action Dec. 14
WelterweightUFC
August 23, 2019
Brown (knee) has been scheduled to fight Ben Saunders on Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Brown has spent two years away from the UFC cage since defeating Diego Sanchez in Nov. 2017. The 38-year-old welterweight dabbled in retirement talks before suffering a torn ACL in late March 2018. Over his 11-year UFC tenure, Brown has become a fan-favorite for his fighting style and finishing abilities. Brown will be looking to snap a recent rough stretch against veteran Ben Saunders, having lost five of his last seven outings.
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Slated for ankle surgery
WelterweightUFC
June 18, 2018
Brown (knee), who's currently rehabbing a torn ACL, is expected to undergo ankle surgery in the near future, Damon Martin of MMAweekly.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Brown was unable to fight Carlos Condit back in April due to a torn ACL and recently discovered yet another injury, this time an ankle issue that has given him problems over the last three years. While Brown's surgery hasn't been scheduled yet, he's expected to be on crutches for eight weeks once it's completed, though the ankle should heal much quicker than the torn ACL. While Brown is still without any sort of timetable for his return, he likely has at least another six months on the sidelines considering ACL's usually take somewhere from 8-to-12 months to heal.
Suffers torn ACL, pulled from UFC Glendale
WelterweightUFC
April 2, 2018
Brown is dealing with a torn ACL and will no longer fight Carlos Condit at UFC Glendale on April 14, Ariel Helwani of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
When exactly Brown suffered the injury is still unclear, but it will likely now sideline him for an extended period of time. Brown was already considering retiring prior to locking in this fight against Carlos Condit, so that is certainly back in play considering the extent of his injury. Look for additional updates to be provided as Brown goes through the recovery process. A replacement fighter vs. Condit has not been announced at this point in time.
Draws Carlos Condit in April
WelterweightUFC
January 29, 2018
Brown will take on Carlos Condit in a welterweight matchup at UFC Glendale on April 14, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Brown had previously announced that he planned to retire following his November matchup against Diego Sanchez, but after recording a TKO victory in the first round, he backtracked on those comments. Instead, he'll face a fighter in Condit that was once one of the most dangerous opponents in the 170-pound division. Condit may be on a three-fight skid, but it's a giant step up in competition from Diego Sanchez. Brown will likely enter as the betting underdog, and if he's not competitive in this matchup, talks of retirement will likely resurface.
Destroys Diego Sanchez, backtracks on retirement talk
WelterweightUFC
November 11, 2017
Brown defeated Diego Sanchez via TKO (elbows) at 3:44 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
ANALYSIS
Brown stated in September that he planned to retire following this fight although he began to backtrack on those comments earlier this week. We got a similar response today in his post-fight interview with FOX Sports' Jon Anik in which Brown stated that he would confer with his family before making any final decisions. On Saturday he looked spectacular, although the quality of the opposition must be taken into account. Known as one of the most fierce and vicious competitors in welterweight history, Brown destroyed Sanchez with an elbow right behind the ear. Of course, no one could see it live because of an FS1 camera glitch, but it's worth checking out on replay. Very few fighters in this sport get to walk away on their own terms and with their head held high. Brown has a chance to do that here but the odds appear to be better than 50/50 at this point that he will be back. Brown also earned a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
To retire following UFC Norfolk
WelterweightUFC
September 21, 2017
Brown announced Thursday that he plans to retire after his matchup with Diego Sanchez at UFC Norfolk, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Brown has been part of the UFC since 2008 and has scored a 22-16 career record. The veteran held a seven-fight win streak between 2012 and 2014, and was at one time a top-10 middleweight. He's suffered losses in five of his last six fights to notable opponents including Donald Cerrone, Demian Maia, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. This could be why the 36-year-old has decided that the November bout will be his last. "The Immortal" and the entertainment his exciting fights brought will be missed.