“It wasn’t me that night, it wasn’t me out there, I didn’t want to fight that night. I just got 18 stitches above my eye six days before the fight. I was training with Thiago Alves and I got kneed in the face. I saw a plastic surgeon and he gave me 18 (dissolvable stitches) above my eye. I went in to fight because I needed to fight, for the money and you make a commitment to fight. I was nervous and tentative. I didn’t have that same aggressiveness. I was more like, ‘what the f— am I doing here?’ That kind of mentality.”
—Mike Brown revealing to Sherdog he wasn’t mentally right in his title defense against Jose Aldo
I don’t know, even if Mike Brown was 150% going into the Jose Aldo fight, I’m not sure it would have made much of a difference. Aldo is just too fast, too explosive. However, if Brown can string enough wins together and look as impressive as he did before, I wouldn’t be against a rematch. I’d like to see Aldo-Faber first though.
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