It’s always fun hearing about what MMA fighters were up to when they were younger, because most of the times these guys have pretty crazy pasts. For Matt Brown (last seen giving Pete Sell a traumatic brain injury), that past involves nearly exiting stage left the Trainspotting way:
“I came really close to dying,” Brown said. “I [overdosed] on heroin. … They said I was clinically dead for over a minute.”
Brown believes his recreational drug use came from feelings of being trapped in a small town outside of Dayton, Ohio.
“I was in that mindset that there was nothing else to do,” Brown said. “I could get drunk everyday and I’ll still be (stuck) here, or I could go to college and I’ll still be (stuck) here.
“[Overdosing] was one of the best things to happen to me. When that happened it woke me up and I was like, ‘Man, I got to do something.'”
Brown’s near-death experiences from drugs and street fights led to his friends dubbing him with his eventual fighter nickname: “The Immortal.”
“My friends were like, ‘Man, you are [expletive] immortal, huh?” Brown said. “And I thought, ‘If I could beat all of that stuff, I could beat anything.'”
Nothing like being the guy who had an adrenaline needle jammed into his heart at that house party to solidify a reputation, huh?