Matt Brown’s coach is accusing him of assault

UFC welterweight Matt Brown is set to fight Johny Hendricks at UFC 185, this March, in Dallas, Texas. But, Brown may be in some…

By: Zane Simon | 8 years ago
Matt Brown’s coach is accusing him of assault
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UFC welterweight Matt Brown is set to fight Johny Hendricks at UFC 185, this March, in Dallas, Texas. But, Brown may be in some hot water right now, for a getting into a fight outside the cage. At least if the allegations leveled against him prove to be true. Recently, a dispute between Brown and his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach, Rodrigo Botti, made its way onto the two men’s Facebook pages, with Botti claiming that Brown assaulted him, and Brown’s camp claiming that the fighter struck Botti once, in self defense. MMA Fighting was able to get a transcript of Botti’s account of the altercation, which reads as follows:

“The truth is we were having an argument and he started to yell,” Botti posted to Facebook. “[He said], ‘If you keep talking I can’t fucking talk’ and repeated that a few times before he went crazy and flipped the glass table of the desk to the floor and came after me with multiple punches on my head while I was seating [sic] in the chair.

“I stood up leaning my back against the wall and all I did was cover my eye with one arm and yell “my eye you son of b*tch don’t touch my eye” while he was throwing punches in my head.”

“His muay thai coach and only witness didn’t stop him, he slowly walked behind him and said “ok, enough” so he basically stopped because he wanted to. Then the muay thai coach was in between me and him and I said “you are a piece of shit coward because you know I can’t fight back” and I said “If I could we would fight til someone die here, I don’t punch not because I don’t have balls but because I can go blind forever” and as soon as I said that he pushed his friend out of his way and came after me again with another set of multiple punches in the head while I was just covering again.”

“Later that day the brother of the fighter that assaulted called me because he is a lawyer and he asked me “What do you want to make things go smoothly?”. I said “I want to know what you would want if you go blind for the rest of your life, I want what is right and hopefully the judge is gonna say it”.

“Later that day I got informed that the person that assaulted me and his muay thai coach told police that I shoved him first and he only threw one punch, it was probably a super punch then because made a few bumps in my head, 1 big one and also hurt my eye.”

Botti further explained to MMA Fighting that he will be pursuing the matter in court. Matt Brown has thus far refused to comment on the allegations officially. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow, as we’ll be sure to keep you updated with more news as it becomes available.

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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