Matt Brown Recollects ‘Most Painful Fight’ Against Douglas Lima

Published 02/10/2021, 6:43 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 15: Matt Brown poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 15, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


‘The Immortal’ Matt Brown fought Bellator welterweight champion, Douglas ‘The Phenom’ Lima, in 2007. Lima was a 19-year-old teenager at that time and was finished off by punches by Brown. That was the only time Douglas Lima has been finished by strikes in his illustrious professional MMA career.

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‘The Immortal’ too was only 26 at that time and racked up one of the biggest wins of his career against Lima. Recently, on the 14th anniversary of that fight, Brown recollected his memories of that monumental win. It must have been a special one for Brown, considering the later accolades in Lima’s career. Despite securing the win, he got a taste of ‘The Phenom’s’ leg kicks.

“This was probably the most painful fight of my career my legs were trashed for at least a week Douglas kicks really really hard!” Brown wrote on Twitter recently.

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Lima is an elite level striker, and fellow fighters and MMA enthusiasts highly respect his kicking game. It seems like Brown had felt the heat too during his fight.

Lima famously knocked out the formerly undefeated and dynamic striking sensation, Michael Venom Paige, in 2019. Paige’s downfall started after ‘The Phenom’ landed a crushing leg kick.

Lima’s other opponents like Rory MacDonald, Gegard Mousasi, Ben Askren have all talked about how hard he actually kicks and the effects those kicks have on their bodies. The pain sustains for a considerable amount of days or even weeks after a fight against ‘The Phenom’, according to his former opponents.

What’s next for Matt Brown?

‘The Immortal’ is currently on a 2-fight skid. He last dropped a decision against ‘The Natural Born Killer’ Carlos Condit in the first fight card of 2021. And at 40, he is not getting any younger.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Matt Brown punches Carlos Condit in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It’s hard for him to hang in with the elites of the welterweight division anymore, but he can still certainly compete against fellow veterans and legends. Despite the scorecards not reflecting this, his fight against Condit was very competitive.

We will have to wait and see whom the UFC lines up next for the legend. But for now, he is recollecting painful memories of fighting Douglas Lima.

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How well do you remember that fight?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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