Former World Extreme Cagefighting Featherweight Champion has been retired for some time now, but has been serving as a coach for American Top Team for some time now.
Brown, who has competed in the UFC as well, isn’t a fan of the way the UFC operates nowadays.
“I think it used to be you would find it was 80 percent merit, and 20 percent entertainment/money to make the fights,” he told MMA Fighting. “Now I think that it’s almost 80 percent money than the merit of who deserves the fight. I honestly didn’t see it coming so quickly.”
Brown earned a record of 26-9-0 and he retired shortly after suffering a knockout loss to Steven Siler at UFC Fight Night 26 in August 2013.
With the UFC changing ownership and practices, it has also changed the way that Brown has been training and teaching fighters at American Top Team.
“I try and say you’ve got to get out there, but that was not something I was very good at myself, so I’m not the best guy to give advice in that department,” he said. “I used to look at this way. I remember when, in small shows coming up, promoters would ask me, ‘would you sell tickets’ or whatever, and I’d say, absolutely not. I’m the fighter, you’re the promoter, I’ll do the fighting and you be the promoter. But I didn’t realize how important it is. You see guys who are so good at it, you see them rewarded very well for it. So there is something to it.”
Brown was in the corner of Dustin Poirier at UFC 208 Saturday night for his victory over Jim Miller.