MMA Legend Matt Brown Retires: “I’m Out”

"I'm not doing it again. I'm out" - Matt Brown

An Era Ends

After an illustrious nearly two-decade journey in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and countless unforgettable moments in the octagon, UFC veteran Matt Brown has announced that his days as an active fighter are drawing to a close. Spanning 19 years and including 30 appearances in the UFC cage, Brown is hanging up his gloves to pursue new adventures.

“I’m not doing it again. I’m out,” he wrote. “My life will now be devoted to serving others. Helping others grow in martial arts and building businesses that can assist the community and the world.”

Brown, who turned 43 in January, revealed his decision on social media, marking the end of an era.

The Knockout King Retires

The 43-year-old veteran, known as “The Immortal,” leaves a lasting legacy in the welterweight division with the highest number of knockouts in its history—a record of 13 brutal finishes. Brown has been a fan favorite with his aggressive and proactive style, which has not only entertained but also inspired countless aspiring fighters.

His UFC journey began after participating in “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” where he scored two spectacular knockout wins before losing to Ultimate Fighter winner Amir Sadollah. He quickly established himself as a crowd-pleaser. In 2012, Brown began his longest winning streak in the UFC, securing seven consecutive victories, culminating in a title match against former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in 2014. Although he didn’t win, the match was awarded the “Fight of the Night” honors.

“Thanks to Dana White and UFC for giving me a platform to express myself and my brand, but it’s time to move on to bigger and better things!” – Matt Brown



A New Chapter Awaits

Brown had previously considered retirement but decided to continue fighting after a dramatic knockout against Diego Sanchez in 2017, which not only earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus but also reignited his passion for the sport. His most recent UFC fight took place in May 2023, where he finished Court McGee with a brutal first-round knockout.

Outside the cage, Brown has devoted his time to training and mentoring upcoming talents at his gym in Columbus, Ohio. Among his pupils is UFC prospect Josiah Harrell. With his retirement, Brown looks forward to expanding his business endeavors outside the octagon, including starting his own podcast and continuing his involvement in various ventures.

To his fans and followers, Brown promises that his new chapter will be as engaging as his time in the cage. He is preparing to launch new content and projects that extend his “Immortal” brand, from a martial arts instructor to various entrepreneurial projects that he hopes will enrich his community and beyond.

An Immortal Legacy

Though Brown’s career in the octagon may have concluded, his journey to influence and inspire both within and beyond the MMA world is just beginning.


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