“Downtown” TJ Brown (14-7) will step back into the Octagon when he meets UFC newcomer Danny Chavez in a featherweight bout at UFC 252 on August 15.
The last time we saw “Downtown” in action was right before the pandemic started where he lost to Jordan Griffin in the second round. We caught up with the Arkansas native as he helped explain his take away from that disappointing loss.
“What I took most from that fight is that I was too set in stone a certain game plan going into that fight and realistically I didn’t fight my fight,” Brown told The Scrap, “I didn’t fight the way that got me to the UFC and that’s letting these hands go and being an explosive fighter and going out there and opening up. Although I was winning the whole fight up until the choke, that’s not the way I fight, I felt I was forced to take the guy down and really control top position. In this next fight, I want to come out there and open up and be the fighter that got me there and let these hands go and just fight.”
With Dana White’s Contender Series starting tonight, we asked the Contender Series veteran his thoughts on the new season.
“I love Dana White’s Contender Series it really changed my life, it gave me the opportunity to be in the UFC now and it’s a great platform for up and coming UFC fighters.”
Brown is more than ready and amped up to get to Las Vegas and put on a show come fight night. But first, there are some hurdles to clear before actually being able to step inside the Octagon which includes a COVID test coming in the mail today.
“I’ve got to take a test here today that’s arriving in the mail and I have to go on a Zoom meeting and do the test live in front of some people,” he said, “And my cornermen have to do it as well and I’m sure I’ll have to do it a couple of times in Vegas.”
Brown is confident heading into this fight and expects to be the better fighter everywhere. “I think overall I’m just the better fighter everywhere and I think my experience kind of like in the Contender Series is gonna play a big role and get the win”
I pressed Brown for a prediction and he explained why he believes a finish is in order. “TKO man,” he stated, “I’m gonna put him away with some strikes, put him out with some pressure against the fence, and put him away with strikes.”
TJ Brown wants to get another fight in by the end of the year and he envisions a trip to Abu Dhabi in his future. “My goal is to win this fight here and then jockey my way on one of those fight island cards at the end of the year. That would be the icing on the cake and that’s what I envision myself doing and I really want that to come true.”