Robbie Lawler vs Matt Brown, UFC on Fox Lawler vs Brown, 26 July 2014
Fight of the Night
When fight fans see this match-up, they know it’s going to be a violent and bloody war. Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown are top level welterweights that can not only dish it out, but they can take a good punch as well. This is one of those fights that requires both fighters to take a deep breath, dig deep, and find the fire and the drive to not give up. This is exactly the type of fight that gives this blog it’s meaning. Fight fans are able to draw inspiration from moving performances in the cage like this.
MATT BROWN IS A FIGHTER THAT HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN SUCCESSFUL. As of 9 May 2014, his record stands at an unimpressive 18-11. He is currently riding a six fight win streak and will face the young phenom in Erik Silva. But what makes Matt Brown a true fighter, is not his experience in the cage or his training in the gym. Matt Brown is a fighter because of the demons he has had to defeat to get to where he is today.
Bitterness, misery, disappointment, emptiness, loss. These are demons we face and fight on a daily basis. Some more than others. Over time, we slowly get used to these demons. They wear on some people more than others. To professional fighters who make a living and support their families in the cage. To professional fighters who are mercilessly judged based on their last fight. Losing can be devastating to their careers and their livelihood. Actually, this doesn’t sound too unlike you and me.
They say that you don’t know what winning truly is until you’ve lost. They say you don’t know what happiness truly is until you’ve experienced tragedy. And that you aren’t able to fully appreciate life until you’ve come close to death. Most of us will never get the opportunity to see attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion or c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. But what we can do is learn from our mistakes, learn from our losses, and become a better person, a better fighter.