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Matt Brown Took Up Wrestling, Credits Decision For His Success

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Matt Brown doesn’t believe any of his past six wins were a product of luck. Instead, he says it is his dedication to his craft.

Brown returns to the Octagon Saturday to meet Erick Silva in the main event of UFC Fight Night 40 from Cincinnati. He stopped by “UFC Tonight” earlier this week to talk about his six-fight win streak.

“There ain’t no luck in this sport,” Brown said. “You know how hard I’ve worked to make my right hand work? Plus, I started wrestling these past year. I never did in my life.

“Not only does it help you with your confidence with the takedown, my foundation, my base and my overall strength has improved with working with these wrestlers.”

The welterweight division holds some of the elite wrestlers in all of MMA, as champion Johny Hendricks was a standout collegiate wrestler at Oklahoma State University. Former champ Georges St-Pierre used his takedowns and takedown defense to hold the belt for years, while Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, Jake Ellenberger and Kelvin Gastelum have all shown their prowess on the canvas.

“There’s no secret (to the win streak),” Brown stated. “I stayed on the grind. I kept working hard every day. I stayed in the gum and I didn’t let it get me down. I didn’t let it slow me down.

“I stayed true to who I am. If you work hard enough, the good things are going to happen to you. Whether it’s success in the Octagon or out of it.”

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