Matt Brown made it clear at the weigh ins that he had no problem with being the bad guy in Brazil. Brown saluted the fans with middle fingers while hitting the scales before his UFC 198 matchup with Demian Maia. History has proven that dealing with the crowd is no easy feat when fighting a Brazilian fighter in his home country.
The Immortal has survived much worse than rowdy fight fans. The welterweight was given his nickname after nearly dying from a heroin overdose. Brown rattled off seven straight wins before dropping a decision in 2014 to current champ Robbie Lawler. He was ranked as the #8 Welterweight in the world prior to his UFC 198 bout.
Brown was greeted with a heavy chorus of boos as he made his walk out to the octagon. As if he wasn’t feeling the hostility from the noise, he got to feel it physically by being hit in the head twice by fans before shoving a security guard toward another group of rowdy Brazilians. The third time was a charm, as one fan grabbed him by the hood of his shirt which prompted Brown to retaliate with a punch before continuing toward the cage.
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