Five Biggest MMA Career Turnarounds


Matt Brown

He may be coming off a loss in what was a number one contender bout, but the fact Matt Brown was even in such a match is amazing given his early career results.

An alumnus of the Ultimate Fighter 7, Brown had mixed success in his early UFC fights before going 0-3 in 2010. A loss to Seth Baczynski at UFC 139 put Matt Brown’s MMA record at 12-11 and put his UFC career at risk, but he was given another chance to prove himself against Chris Cope at UFC 143.

It was a chance the ‘Immortal’ (a nickname given to him after he survived a drug overdose) embraced as he finished Cope in the second round. The win over Cope was the start of what would become a seven-fight win streak for the welterweight, with fighters like Mike Pyle, Mike Swick, Jordan Mein and Erick Silva among his scalps.

That led a number one contender match between Brown and Ruthless Robbie Lawler and while Brown lost the match via decision, his competitiveness throughout the fight further boosted his stock.

From Perth, Australia, Bruno has been an MMA fan on and off (mostly on) for 10 years. He did Taekwondo for a few years as a kid and dabbled in BJJ and Muay Thai as an adult, but is more an MMA fan than anything else. He is also an experienced journalist and writer, having written a number of articles on an array of topics.