Matthew Burton Brown. The man who wouldn’t die. “The…Immortal”.
From March 27th, 2010 to February 3rd, 2012, Matt Brown amassed a paltry record of 1—4. His lone victory came by decision; his four losses came by submission. If there were ever a poster child for roster cuts, it would have been Brown. Then came February 4th, 2012. On this night, Matt Brown stopped Chris Cope with a flurry of punches. Nobody knew it, but they had witnessed the beginning of something special. “The Immortal” went on to defeat Stephen Thompson (unanimous decision), Luis Ramos (TKO), Mike Swick (KO), Jordan Mein (TKO), and Mike Pyle (KO). That’s six consecutive wins, five by way of knockout. His last two victories netted post-fight bonuses. For a man who’d just gone 1—4, this is as good as it gets. So what’s next for the man who wouldn’t die?
Following his 29-second demolition of Pyle, Brown called out GSP. Listen, I love Matt Brown. I love his grit. I love his determination. I simply love everything about the way this man fights. But GSP? Had Swick been the floor of this streak instead of its ceiling, a fight with GSP could definitely be in order. As it stands, a fight with GSP feels at least one fight too soon. So how does Brown get to Pierre as quickly as possible? May I offer the one, the only, Nicolas Robert Diaz.
I know Diaz is “retired”, but let’s get real. Whenever the Stockton native returns to the cage, this is the fight that needs to happen. Forget Machida. Forget a rematch with Pierre or Condit. Stylistically, Diaz vs. Brown is a fight fan’s wet dream. If Diaz wins, throw him in against McDonald or Hendricks (assuming Hendricks loses to GSP). If Brown wins, throw him in against GSP. It may not be the best fight on paper, but GSP has already beat both Diaz and Condit, and McDonald has emphatically stated an unwillingness to fight the current champ. In light of these circumstances, Brown may be the most marketable matchup. If Diaz stays retired, let Brown square off against Hendricks (again, if he loses to GSP) or the winner of Condit/Kampmann. If “The Immortal” can keep his streak alive against any of these fighters, a scrap with GSP will undeniably make more than enough sense.