Fighting and losing to Jiu-Jitsu master Demian Maia seems to have a profound effect on his opponents. After Neil Magny (who even attended Maia’s seminar) and Gunnar Nelson that praised him after being dominated by Maia, Matt Brown was graceful and humble in defeat.
Brown was dominated and submitted by Demian Maia with a rear naked choke in the third round.
It was a crazy weekend for Brown. At the UFC 198 weigh ins, Matt Brown was being booed and insulted by the Curitiba crowd, when he turned his back to the fans and flipped them off.
Before the fight, Matt Brown got hit multiple times by fans during UFC 198 walkout.
The UFC welterweight was hit at least three times by fans while walking to the Octagon for his UFC 198 bout against Demian Maia on Saturday night in Curitiba, Brazil. At the hotel, his ex BJJ coach assaulted him and was arrested.
Brown wrote on his Instagram:
I’ve finally made it back to the US alive and well! Wasn’t sure if that was going to happen but here I am! ?? Once more thanks to @demian_maia for the lesson in BJJ and thanks to Brazil for making the weekend exciting! Even though I lost I feel one step closer to being the best fighter I can be. I am not going to stop grinding for that gold and I will not let this slow me down even a little bit. I’m just getting started my friends.
Proof that many MMA fighters are humble even in defeat: Neil Magny attended the MMA seminar of his former opponent Demian Maia.
Magny faced Demian Maia on August 1, 2015 at UFC 190. He was completely dominated and lost the fight by submission in the second round.
Just 22 days after his loss to Maia, Magny stepped in as a short notice replacement for Rick Story to face Erick Silva on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74. He won the fight via split decision.
Neil Magny is no slouch on the ground. He’s a BJJ brown belt under Miguel Torres but totally out grappled by the elite Jiu-Jitsu player Demian Maia.
A few months after their fight, Magny reached out to Maia who was in town to teach a seminar.
Magny asked Maia on twitter if it was ok and Maia answered:
“Of course Neil. It will be an honour.”