“That was the first time I felt that way and, of course, I lost. And that put a bigger chip on my shoulder. Damn, I was doing everything right, I felt good, and it was just a simple mistake, something you can’t prepare for.”
Brown couldn’t prepare for the second-round finish of the Price fight because the hammerfists from his back knockout by “The Hybrid” was unlike anything anyone had ever seen. Not that it made Brown feel any better after the fact, but now, he can accept it for what it is.
“Exactly,” he said. “And if you look back at that fight, that’s a fight that I was winning. So I kept that mentality and multiplied it by the chip that I had on my shoulder and said, ‘All right, I’m gonna get back in the gym and I’m gonna go even harder.’ We kept grinding, I came back and when I fought (Bryan) Barberena, he was coming off a Fight of the Year candidate with Vicente. I was a big underdog and I said, ‘I’m gonna show people that this dude’s not on my level.’ Styles make fights and it felt like I was a stylistic nightmare for the dude and I went out there and I showed people I’m still here and I’m still a force to be reckoned with.”
Brown looked in top form in stopping Barberena in the third round of their bout in June 2019, and five months later, he earned his first UFC Performance of the Night bonus by submitting Brazilian standout Warlley Alves in Brazil. The Jamaica native was now firing on all cylinders after notching his sixth UFC victory and ready to take a big step to the next level against the highly regarded Luque in April of this year.
Then COVID-19 had something to say about that, scrapping the bout. Luque went on to fight the next month at UFC 249, stopping Price in the third round. Brown expected “The Silent Assassin” would move on to a ranked opponent next, but he was pleasantly surprised when the Brazilian agreed to make good on their original fight.