Who wins the Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez fight and why?
JOHN HARRIS, MMATorch Contributor
This was in my top 10 must see fights for the last quarter of 2017 and I think it will live up the hype. I am going with Matt Brown by 3rd TKO in his retirement fight. Both men are straight forward brawlers who love to throw hands early and often. Neither man has found consistent success in the later part of their careers as Brown has lost 5 of his last 6 while Sanchez is 3-3. Brown is a little more battle tested against better competition in the 170 lb. weight class so I think he will be able to take whatever Sanchez will throw at him in the first two rounds then be able to get him to the ground and finish him off to end his career in the octagon with a win.
JOSHUA GARCIA, MMATorch Contributor
I think Matt Brown will win this fight easily against Diego Sanchez. Brown is the better striker and will lay out Diego in the first round. At this point, Diego shouldn’t be fighting in the UFC anymore. He has had a long career and probably has lasted in the UFC much longer than he should have. It will be a good fight for Matt Brown to retire on.
FRANK HYDEN, MMATorch Columnist
Sanchez has been up and down for the last several years, but he’s ultra-tough and always coming forward. Brown is really tough and always coming forward. I’m expecting fireworks here, but I also fully expect Brown to finish Sanchez. He’s got the power to do it, and the aggression and drive. He’s going to have to work his butt off and earn this victory, but I think this is clearly a fight Brown should win. Sanchez is so tough but man, he’s taken a lot of punishment, I don’t think he’ll be able to hold up under the storm Brown is bringing. I do think this will be the fight of the night and really exciting, but I go with Brown by second round TKO.
RAFFAEL IGLESIAS, MMATorch Contributor
I don’t expect this one to last long with both guys coming out swinging and I don’t expect this one to go to the ground. I think Brown’s size will be his advantage in this fight. Both of them will be willing to go at it blow for blow and I think that’s where Brown’s size plays to his advantage. Both men have suffered some knockouts recently and both may be susceptible to a knock out. I think Brown’s size will give him the advantage in the exchange and the Immortal One heads off in retirement to Valhalla with a TKO stoppage.
COLE HENRY, MMATorch Contributor
This is going to be a hell of a fight. Matt Brown only goes forward, and the same can be said about Diego Sanchez. Sanchez will fight until his face falls off (See Gilbert Melendez fight for proof), and Brown has a reputation as a tough guy to finish as well. I think this fight will go the distance, because both are so tough, and I expect Brown to walk away with a win here in what will be his final fight. This one is a toss-up, but I think the Immortal comes up big here.
DAVE KOULA, MMATorch Contributor
This one might be tough to watch. Brown by early TKO, and the end of two very exciting careers.
SEAN COVINGTON, MMATorch Contributor
Matt Brown should take this one in a decision or TKO. Matt Brown is a bum to me and hasn’t done anything to further his career. He is good for prelims because he goes to war but isn’t good at much besides taking punches in decision losses. I want both of these fighters to retire after this. I’m tired of seeing them.
RICK MONSEY, MMATorch Contributor
Diego Sanchez will win but the fans are going to lose in the long term with Matt Brown leaving the sport. It’s a bummer, but Brown has been in some bloody wars so if anyone deserves a hero’s farewell it’s him. Hopefully Brown can figure out a way to win here but I think Diego will ultimately get his hand raised. Brown should maybe transition into being a stunt guy or take small parts in action movies. He’s an entertaining and unbelievably tough dude. Best wishes.
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