Damien "Beatdown" Brown - UFC Lightweight Contender - Q&A
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You’ve fought in a lot of different organisations. What’s it like competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship compared to regional and local shows?
The UFC, unlike a lot of other organisations, treat you as though you're a professional athlete. They give you everything you need to get the job done and if anything isn't there they'll take care of it. I've had others do some nice things but every base is covered with the UFC.
Before you got into Mixed Martial Arts, did you compete in other sports?
I played seventeen/eighteen seasons of Rugby League prior to getting into MMA. I started kickboxing and had two fights prior to even grappling the first time. I also competed in Martial arts my entire childhood/early teens.
You’ve served in the military previously. Do you think that gives you a mental advantage in competitive MMA?
100% the mentality and discipline required to be an infantry soldier is crazy mate. It definitely transfers across to fighting.
How long have you been training in MMA, and why did you start?
I originally got back into Martial Arts because it was what I knew and loved as a young fella, also I needed to increase my fitness level and get back into shape, so that's what started it. I've been training now since the beginning of 2009 consistently.
You fight out of Integrated MMA with a strong team, including Ben Nguyen and Adrian Pang. Is there a secret that makes Integrated MMA so successful?
We're like a family at Integrated MMA, it's never about one person. When my fight is over I'll be in every night helping the next person. We have great coaches not just in one area but across the board. We have the best striking, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and wrestling coaches this country has. You mix the coaching and culture with the work ethics of those in the team and you can't beat that.
What is a typical day of training like for you?
I would train two times a day on most days and rest on Sunday. I mix up what I'm doing everyday but condition two to three times a week depending on what stage of camp I'm at.
What is your diet/nutrition like? Do you have to cut much weight to compete at lightweight?
I walk around at about 185lbs when I don't have a fight and I compete at 155lbs. As for what i eat and how I do it, I leave that up to my nutritionist George Lockhart. The guy is a genius and always has me on weight. I only cut about 3-4lbs in water.
What are the highs and lows of being a fighter for you?
The highs are obviously achieving what you set out and trained to do like my win in Atlanta. The lows are when all the hard work doesn't pay off and you either lose or become injured.
Is there anything that stands out for you as career highlight? A particular fight or title win?
Nothing in particular for me as every moment has been the best for it's own reason. Although my first UFC win at UFC 201, Atlanta, GA was a special moment where everything felt like seven years of hard work had come together.
What was the best advice you were given when you started in MMA?
Don't get frustrated, it starts hard and gets easier. When you feel like you can't pick something up keep going and take it slow, because when you get it the rewards are hugely satisfying.
What advice would you give others that are looking to start training in MMA?
Find great coaches, coaches that you connect with and most importantly don't rush. Take your time to learn and develop then take the right fights to make them count.