“And your winner by unanimous decision…”

For three fights in a row, in three different countries, those words—or something similar—boomed from the arena sound system to an elated crowd after Damien Brown had endured a tough night on duty. However, each time the announcer said those words, Brown’s name didn’t follow. Three tough losses. Brown was fortunate enough to take home a consolation prize—a “Fight of the Night” bonus—on two of those occasions, but it hardly made up for the disappointment he must have felt.

Almost two months have passed since Brown last saw the cage. On Aug. 2, when the opportunity comes to once again fight in Australia, he’s determined to make damn sure those words never leave the announcer’s mouth, or, at the very least, make it so that his name is at the end of the sentence.

“I think that I can beat any fighter that’s based in Australia that isn’t from my gym that fights at 70 [kilos] or 77 [kilos], and I am just looking forward to going out there and winning again,” Brown exclaimed to The MMA Corner. “I just wanna string together a few wins, and I know it’s not just two or three—I think I’ve gotta get four or five wins together and then look at where I can go from there. Anybody who fights at 70 or 77 that thinks they can beat me, go to a promoter and we’ll tee it up.”

After a three-fight stint with Cage Warriors, Brown requested that he be released from his contract with the option of returning in the future. Brown hasn’t been able to fight in Australia consistently in almost three years, but he’s eager to stamp his name on the Australian mixed martial arts circuit.

“I asked Cage Warriors to let me take some fights in Australia,” Brown explained. “It’s not like I went over there and lost three fights, all by knockout or something. I went over and fought my heart out and got ‘Fight of the Night’ twice. I went the distance against guys who are usually finishers. I just wanted to come back and fight at home. It’s pretty hard when you’re traveling overseas to fight when you’ve got a full-time job and family and other commitments. Like most guys here, I can’t fight full-time; I have a job I need to get leave from to go overseas to fight. When a lot of the leave is unpaid and you’re just away for so many periods in the year, it gets hard, so that was another factor in me taking fights over here now.”

Brown’s first fight post-Cage Warriors is on Aug. 2 under the Fight World Cup banner. He will square off with Sydney’s Ricky Rea in a welterweight contest. Brown fights in the lightweight division, but the short notice saw him opt for a welterweight contest.

“[Rea] trains down at EFG with [James] Te Huna, so you know that he’s putting in work,” Brown said. “He’s a tough guy, and those guys always show up to put on a fight. He is usually a lightweight anyway, so fighting at welterweight isn’t going to be an issue for either of us. It makes it easy for me, and if I’m gonna be fighting every three or four weeks, I don’t wanna be cutting down to 70 every time. I know it’s gonna be a good fight, and I’m really looking forward to fighting in Australia for the first time this year.”

The toughest task for any fighter is being able to juggle work, training and a personal life. A fight career can, at times, require full-time maintenance for little financial rewards. For Brown, being able to focus solely on his fight career is certainly a dream that he continues to work toward. However, although he boasts worldwide fight experience, he is realistic in how much money he can make from fighting at home. He knows all too well that a full-time job is a necessary evil in the fight game.

“Yeah, I’d like to make this a full-time thing, like anyone I guess,” Brown explained. “When I can get to the point where I can pay bills, pay my mortgage and support my family all from fighting, that’ll be great, but right now I just do what I’ve gotta do. As far as purses go now, I’m not out there demanding big money because I’ve fought overseas or anything. I just wanna be paid based on my opponent. I’m pretty easy to deal with, but if you’re putting me against a guy that’s had 20 or so fights, I’m not fighting for nothin’.”

With another bout already scheduled after his Fight World Cup stoush, Brown is true to his word of fighting on home soil as much as possible. Getting back into the win column is paramount for Brown. His next few fights are set to be the most important of his career.

“I’d like to get another three fights out before the end of the year and then see what happens going into next year,” Brown said. “I’m pretty confident that I can get back on the winning path, and when I do, I’ll decide what happens from there. It hasn’t discouraged me at all. I know that I didn’t get the job done when I was over there. I may have lost some fights, but I’m far from beaten.”

Damien would like to thank his wife. He would also like to thank ASN Chermside, Again Faster Equipment, Rocktape Australia, Prodigy Fit, MMA Apparel, Vicious Circle MMA, Integrated MMA and Marc Fiore. Follow Brown on Twitter: @Beatdown_Brown

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.