In professional sports, and especially fighting, you have to believe in yourself 1000%, as a pro mma fighter you are often your biggest supporter and harshest critic. Most fighters when they are winning believe they can beat anyone, and this is how one must think in order to be successful. There is no room for doubt.
A fighter can't think about losing, or if another fighter is better they are. They have to believe they are the best fighter in the world 100% all of the time. Although sometimes fighters can get a little ahead of themselves and may need to consider having to earn a place among the top before they can start making claims about "destroying" long standing champions.
And this example could not be any more clear than with Matt Brown's statement today in regards to fighting welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
Via Bleacher Report, Brown said:
“I think he’d be scared to get close enough to hit me because I’m not going to avoid anything he throws. I’m going to step right in the pocket and throw down. He’s not going to have any option but to be on the feet with me. Even if he has the skills to stand, he would not be able to handle my pressure, tenacity and desire to win. I think I’m one of the worst match ups for GSP.”
“Everyone thinks I’m delusional and crazy for thinking that, but I know who I am. If I go in there the best I can be, I know I’d destroy GSP. When I come in against GSP, I’m going in to take the belt from him, I’m not going to play around with the world title on the line. I’m 110% confident, if I show up at my best, he does not stand a chance in hell against me. This match up with Thiago is a far tougher match up for me than GSP.”
Brown has topped a 1-4 fight run with a current 5 fight win streak, but really Brown hasn't fought a ranked fighter ever, never mind his current 5 fight win streak where he has beaten some pretty lowly or inexperienced fighters like Chris Cope, Stephen Thompson, Luis Ramos, Mike Swick, Jordan Mein respectively. Not exactly a list of top fighters, and 2 of those 5 fighters have been released by the UFC as well (Ramos and Cope). So for this writer it's hard for me to take Brown's claim seriously as he simply hasn't beaten anyone of consequence, ever.. He will however have a crack at a ranked opponent for the first time when he faces the heavy hitting Thiago Alves at the 1st UFC on FOX Sports 1 event on August 17th. This fight should give us fans a better gauge of how well Brown is truly fighting these days.
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