Matt Brown says he’ll ‘beg’ Dana White for heavyweight bout

UFC veteran Matt Brown has one big fight in mind, and he says he's willing to 'beg' for it.

By: Milan Ordoñez | 4 months ago
Matt Brown says he’ll ‘beg’ Dana White for heavyweight bout

UFC veteran Matt Brown has been around for a while now. Now 42 years of age, “The Immortal” has seemingly lived up to his nickname, scoring first round knockouts against fellow veterans. 

Brown seemingly isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon. In fact, he already has a matchup in mind, which he says he’s willing to beg UFC president Dana White for. 

Matt Brown issues unexpected callout 

When fighters respond to the ‘who do you want next?’ question, the answers are mostly an opponent who could move them forward in their career. But in the case of Matt Brown, he is only looking for a fun challenge. 

As he told Anthony Smith and Michael Bisping on his recent appearance on the Believe You Me podcast: 

“When you talk about wanting to fight again, it is a lot about the date and the injuries,” Brown said (quotes via MMA Mania). “For my next fight, what I would really like, and I highly doubt it’s gonna happen, but I would love to fight Derrick Lewis. I’d love to go up to Heavyweight. Bro, you’re in, right?”

“This would be the funnest fight ever. For the KO record.”

What Matt Brown thinks his chances are against Derrick Lewis

You don’t need to look at the stats to know that there is a massive weight disparity between Brown and Lewis. But like the caliber of fighter that he is, the TUF 7 alum is seeing some holes he can exploit. 

“It’s winnable. It’s certainly winnable for him,” Brown said with a laugh. “Like, if I get touched I’m f—king going to the hospital that night, but he’s got to touch me, bro. 

“Heavyweights, it’s harder for them to hit you, man. You can dodge their punches pretty well. They have a hard time dealing with us [in sparring].” 

Brown seemed serious with his desire to fight at heavyweight, and that’s no surprise. And he says he’s willing to go to great lengths to make it happen. 

“I would love that challenge. I would get on my knees and beg [UFC President] Dana [White] for that.”

How the Matt Brown-Derrick Lewis conversation began

So how exactly did the conversion get to where it is? It all began with a tweet from UFC superstar Conor McGregor right after Brown’s knockout win over Court McGee in mid-May. Thanks to the victory, Brown is now tied with Lewis for the most number of knockout wins in the UFC.

“The Notorious”, of course, isn’t going to be outdone. But so is Brown. 

Matt Brown’s recent UFC run

After a three-fight skid in 2016, Brown began picking up impressive wins against fellow veteran Diego Sanchez, as well as younger opponents like Dhiego Lima. After a brief skid in 2020 and 2021, Brown had gone 1-2 in his last three fights. 

After the win over McGee, Brown improved to a record of 24-19. 

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Milan Ordoñez
Milan Ordoñez

Milan Ordoñez has been covering combat sports since 2012 and has been part of the Bloody Elbow staff since 2016. He’s also competed in amateur mixed martial arts and submission grappling tournaments.

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