Matt Brown
The Immortal

USA

Can't close show in Jacksonville
WelterweightUFC
May 16, 2020
Brown lost to Miguel Baeza via KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Brown is going to be kicking himself after this one. Following a slow start, "The Immortal" one appeared to have Baeza all but finished in the middle portion of Round 1 following a couple of monster shots, but he was unable to close the deal and Brown was eventually knocked out himself. Baeza began pouring it on late in the opening frame, and Brown was officially done just moments into Round 2. It was a fight the 39-year-old simply could not allow to slip through his fingers. You could argue Brown looked halfway decent given Baeza's youth and athleticism edge, but that will be no comfort to the 39-year-old. Firmly entrenched in "gatekeeper" status, Brown is 3-6 in his past nine fights. He had talked about "retiring" in the past but it never stuck. We'll see if those conversations pop up once again moving forward.
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Added to May 16 card
WelterweightUFC
May 4, 2020
Brown will now take on Miguel Baeza in a welterweight matchup at UFC Jacksonville on May 16.
ANALYSIS
This was a bout originally scheduled for Columbus on March 28, but the event was one of several that was ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a bit of curious matchmaking, as Brown is one of the longest-tenured UFC vets that is a decade older than Baeza, an undefeated prospect. Brown is coming off a win against Ben Saunders in December, while Baeza won his UFC debut via second-round stoppage in October.
Slated to fight Miguel Baeza
WelterweightUFC
January 15, 2020
Brown will face Miguel Baeza in a welterweight fight on March 28 at UFC on ESPN 8 in Columbus, Ohio, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Brown is coming off a TKO win over Ben Saunders at UFC 245 in December, his first fight since November of 2017 due to a torn ACL. He'll face an opponent in Baeza who is 1-0 under the UFC banner after defeating Hector Aldana via TKO at UFC Fight Night in Tampa last October.
Rolls over Ben Saunders at UFC 245
WelterweightUFC
December 14, 2019
Brown defeated Ben Saunders via KO (punches) at 4:55 of Round 2 at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Brown's first appearance since November 2017 was a successful one. Coming off the long layoff in addition to a torn ACL, Brown easily handled the washed-up Saunders. He did some nice work from the bottom in Round 1 before unloading with all sorts of different vicious strikes in Round 2. It was a typical violent performance we have come accustomed to seeing from "The Immortal" one. That being said, there's a halfway decent chance this strong effort was simply the result of facing a barely-there opponent. Brown turns 39 years of age in less than a month and has fought twice dating back to December 2016. He's clearly not done yet, but the UFC needs to be smart about who they match him up against next despite Saturday's dominant effort.
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.
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.