Matt Brown Beats COVID and Is Ready to Beat Kevin Holland on Columbus Fight Card

Published 12/26/2021, 9:57 AM EST


It has been a month since UFC welterweight Matt Brown shared the sad news of him contracting COVID-19. Previously, the 40-year-old would have clashed against Bryan Barberena on Dec. 4 at UFC on ESPN 31. Although he didn’t suffer any prolonged effects from the disease, his much-awaited fight before year’s end got canceled.

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In his previous fight, not only did Matt knock out his opponent, Dhiego Lima, he turned into the welterweight with the most knockouts in the UFC. Including him, Vitor Belfort has 12 knockouts, making them tied for the 2nd position. Heavyweight Derrick Lewis currently leads the list by 13 knockouts to his name.

The Immortal also shared his disappointment in missing the major event. He shared his feelings on Twitter and said, “Hard to watch these fights tonight. I should be there!

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Recently Matt announced his victory over covid. In a fresh interview for MMA fighting’s podcast,The Fighter vs. The Writer’, he shared his current condition. Brown said, “I feel good, just getting the cardio back.Just getting back to training now”

Matt also shared his dismay in missing the fight. He revealed, “I was really disappointed. I was really excited to fight Bryan Barberena. It wasn’t significant in that aspect, but stylistically, what a fun fight. He’s just a banger. He is willing to engage with you the whole fight. Got great cardio and it would have been a really exciting matchup, I think.”

Who will Matt Brown fight now?

In the same podcast, Matt disclosed his plans for 2022. He announced his plan to aim for a specific fight at a specific venue.

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The UFC plans to host a Fight Night event proposed for March 26 in Columbus, Ohio. This place also is Brown’s gym, Immortal Martial Arts, and now hometown.

Matt told the hosts of the podcast about his ongoing talks with Dana White and Sean Shelby to make this specific fight happen. According to Matt, he will most probably match up against Kevin Holland or Bryan Barberena.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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