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    TJ Brown Is Out To Capture Momentum


    โ€œI hate to say it, but I’ve been there time and time again,โ€ said Brown of winning with his back up against the wall. โ€œYou ought to call it โ€˜Mr. Bounce Back,โ€™ but I know that about myself. I know when the pressure’s put on me, my back’s against the wall, I’m gonna come out there fighting, and that’s what I needed. There was no other option for me. I knew where I was at, I knew what the stakes were, and I had no other choice. I came out fighting and got the W. That’s one thing you could put behind my name is that I will always find a way to bounce back.โ€

    In a 15-8 pro MMA career that began in 2013, Brown has only lost two straight twice. The first time, in 2016, he rebounded with two consecutive victories the next year. By 2019, he had earned a UFC contract with a submission of Dylan Lockard on Dana Whiteโ€™s Contender Series. Defeats to Jordan Griffin and Danny Chavez followed, but then โ€œMr. Bounce Backโ€ lived up to that billing by decisioning Kamaka. It wasnโ€™t Brownโ€™s most spectacular outing, but a winโ€™s a win, and heโ€™ll take it.

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    โ€œIt feels great just to finally show the world your worth,โ€ he said. โ€œIt was almost like a good verification as well. There was definitely a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. It’s all I ever wanted to get a UFC win. And then as soon as it was over, I was like, โ€˜Man, what’s next?โ€™ (Laughs) I guess it’s always gonna be that way. That’s how life is – you’re always gonna be wanting more. So here we are again.โ€

    Here we are, indeed, back at the APEX in Las Vegas and ready to take on a late replacement foe in Charles Rosa, who stepped in on less than a weekโ€™s notice when Gabriel Benitez was forced from the bout. But opponents really donโ€™t matter to Brown at this point. Itโ€™s all about winning, regardless of who the name is in the opposite corner. So donโ€™t expect the 31-year-old to be sitting back and basking in the glory of his first UFC victory.



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