If Matt Brown isn’t going to retire just yet, at least one fellow welterweight is willing to give him a fight.
Siyar Bahadurzada (23-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC), a fellow hard-hitting knockout artist, today issued a challenge to Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC), who picked up a vicious first-round knockout victory over fellow vet Diego Sanchez (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC) in this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 122 co-headliner.
Prior to Saturday’s bout, which aired on FS1 from Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., Brown suggested it could be his last fight, though he backed off the retirement plans after the fight.
“I’ve definitely had more people tell me not to retire than to retire,” Brown, who was on a 1-5 skid prior to the win, said after the event. “But nobody other than me and my family really has any bearing on that – and close friends. So I’m not even going to allow anybody else’s opinions to get into my mind like that.”
Bahadurzada, though, is doing his best to goad “Immortal” into a fight. Here’s his Twitter callout, which isn’t exactly a polite one:
“Hey @IamTheImmortal if you’re still fighting, take some rest and let’s fight end of January or early February. I’ll give you a proper goodbye from the sport. Don’t bring your wife and kids to the fight this time. You’re a smart man. You know what I mean!#YouWillBeUnimmortalized”
Bahadurzada, a 33-year-old vet who joined the UFC in 2012, recently returned from an 18-month layoff and scored a TKO win over Rob Wilkinson in September. Bahadurzada, a longtime welterweight, fought at middleweight for the bout, which marked his second straight win.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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