Despite Earning ‘Favors’ From Dana White and Co., UFC Veteran Exposes the Dark Reality in the Promotion

Published 01/07/2024, 10:36 PM EST

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Fighters ͏often opt for short-notice fights for economic benefits, ͏a sen͏timen͏t acknowledged by many. While it may put the fighter in Dan͏a ͏White’s good books, UFC veteran Matt Bro͏wn highlights ͏significant drawbacks. Despite short-term gains, such decisions could have adverse effects on a fighter’s long-term well-being.͏

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Brown has stepped ͏into numerous fights on short notice, emphasizing that he took some of them intending to make a name in the fight world. However, after participating in 40 fights throughout his career, he now realizes that some were entirely without merit.͏

Matt Brown exposes the need to take a step back from Dana White’s good books

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The UFC veteran has been with the promotion since 2008 and has taken on numerous fights on short notice. Brown, nearing the end of his career, now acknowledges that he should not have accepted those fights in the first place. The veteran downplays the significance of meaningful reflection on one’s career.

While in conversation with The Fighter vs. The Writer, Brown explains that one should look upon their career like a marathon and not a sprint. Valuable reflection and correlation of actions play an important role in determining a champion. Brown emphasized that fighters should often zoom out and look at their career from a different perspective.“One of the tips I would give younger guys, if you see successful guys in any venture, one of the commonalities that you’ll see is their ability to zoom out,” voiced Brown.

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“The Immortal” explains that taking short notice fights may earn the fighter favor from Dana White and co but it might backfire on the individual drastically as seen in UFC 294. Alexander Volkanovski took the fight under 10 days’ notice to fight against Islam Makhachev, however despite his efforts, Volkanovski had to taste defeat in the very first round. “No one knows, cares, or remembers what type of notice you got for that fight,” noted Brown.

 

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Brown further added that he respects those fighters who take such fights but the drawbacks might haunt them in the future. But what are these adverse drawbacks? Let us find out.

Drawbacks of taking fights on short notice

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Jumping into UFC fights on short notice is tough for fighters on a personal level. Imagine having to gear up mentally and physically in a flash, with the clock ticking. This rush significantly increases the chances of getting injured since there’s not enough time for the usual prep.

Then there’s the opponent study and game plan aspect and the drastic weight cut or gain one has to do to compete in that position. Weight cuts are already a very dangerous process in the UFC and cutting or gaining weight on short notice has adverse effects in the long term. Nonetheless, the most logical explanation is that taking a short-notice fight is ‘risky’, in numerous aspects. This can be a title loss or even a life-changing injury, no matter how much appreciation one gets from White, the head honcho.

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Matt Brown’s assessment of the young generation must be taken into account considering the fact that he knows the ins and outs of the game. So what’s your opinion on short-notice fights?

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Suryakant Das

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I'm Suryakant Das, an avid sports enthusiast from a family that cherishes the world of sports. I still vividly recall the day my father took me to watch Indian wrestling, sparking my fascination with the discipline and the aura of those warriors. Over time, my love for combat sports grew, and now, I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports.
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