UFC Welterweight Matt Brown has revealed the extent of the trauma he went through with concussion following his unanimous decision loss to Johnny Hendricks at UFC 185 in March of last year.
Brown would lose the fight via unanimous decision with the 35-year-old revealing that he thought the arena was “spinning during the fight” and that he struggled with memory loss and speech in the ensuing weeks after the fight.
“I made a mistake in the fight, got taken down in a big way and then walking back to the corner in between round 1 & 2, the room was spinning and I just wasn’t sure what was going on,” Brown told AXS TV Fights.
Brown would go on to lose the next two rounds but it was in the weeks after the fight that the Ohio native really started feeling the effects of concussion.
“That was one of the toughest times of my life, honestly, I didn’t go see a doctor for like a week or two after [that fight],” Brown added.
“I was walking around stuttering and not finishing sentences and talking to my kids and just wondering what I was talking to them about and repeating things.
“My wife finally made me go when I got out of bed one night to go pee and just fell to the floor.”
He went on: “I had to then spend 10 days in a room with no lights, no music, no reading, like jail pretty much, worse than jail [actually].
“I’ve taken enough shots over the years that you don’t think about this stuff actually does hurt you and that your brain is not supposed to do this.”
Brown claims that no one from the UFC or the organisation’s affiliated doctors have suggested to him that he should stop fighting, with the fighter claiming that his immediate family are the only people that have tried to talk him out of fighting.
Brown has a 20-15 record in professional MMA and has fought on average three times a year over the last 11 years. His wife Colleen has already said that she can see a noticeable difference with his memory loss but Brown claims that he will keep fighting until he can fight no longer.
“I’ve noticed over the years that his memory is not as sharp as it once was,” said Colleen. “It worries me a lot because Matt’s 35 and we’ve three kids, three young kids, I want him to be able to enjoy them growing up and not be having the aches and pains that come with his career.”
Brown, however, sees his situation differently.
“I just want to fight, I don’t care about anything else, fighting and family is all I care about and I love what I do,” h explained.
“I signed up for this years ago and I plan on dying doing this. I don’t have any regrets about doing this or have any questions about it, I want to die in that ring one day.
“But if I get another concussion like I did before, I don’t know if I could do that again.”
Brown last fought at UFC 201 in July where he was stopped in the first round by Jake Ellenberger after succumbing to kicks to the body and punches to the head.
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