Matt Brown lives by the philosophy that fighting solves everything but more so when someone insults you – in real life or on the internet.
This is why 14-year UFC veteran Jake Shields is sparring over his recent feud with Mike Jackson after the two fighters ended up in a physical altercation at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. While Shields and Jackson disagreed on what preceded the actual fight that broke out between them, the incendiary incident began on Twitter.
Jackson called Shields a Nazi and a white supremacist on social media, which led to a confrontation when they happened to be working out at the same gym.
“I mean more power to Jake,” Brown said of the running brawl The fighter versus the writer. “This guy has been talking to him and I know Jake says some fucking crazy on Twitter. I followed him for a while. He says some phrases no one would agree with, but you don’t go calling people Nazis and s***s. Jake is far from a Nazi.
He might say some words that you don’t agree with. He might be a little bit on some things according to you, or according to someone else, but come on man. You know you can’t say that s*** and then you see Jake Shields in person and he won’t do anything. So And *** Mike Jackson.”
Brown believes that Jackson should have known that by insulting another fighter, the end result would most likely be a fight if they bumped into each other.
“You’re a UFC fighter, too.” Brown said of Jackson. “You’re in the UFC too. You’re an open book. This is an open invitation to come up with you or to fight you. Especially at UFC PI. What do you think Jake would do? More power to Jake. F*** that guy.
“If you’re a UFC fighter, you’re exposing yourself to those consequences. You’re going to talk to another UFC fighter, when you guys see each other, you guys will probably fight or he’ll try to fight you. You see this all the time. Guys are ready to get kicked out any moment.”
While he doesn’t necessarily agree with everything other fighters say on social media, including Shields, Brown knows that swearing like Jackson will almost certainly lead to confrontation.
Brown says Jackson’s mistake was really due to the name calling and he should have known Shields might have lashed out at her if they were in close contact together.
“He was called a Nazi,” Brown said. “Like you disagree with him, you wouldn’t start calling him names. I’d say I disagree because of this. Once you start insulting people, especially professional fighters, you now open that door again. Even more so if you’re a professional fighter. You open that door even more.” .”
Jackson has stated that he plans to press charges over the incident while Shields claims he has spoken to a lawyer about possibly filing a defamation lawsuit.
In his opinion, Brown feels the fight itself should have fixed the problem and Jackson should own up to what happened and let him go.
I’d say that to Mike Jackson’s face. Brown said. suck it up. Those are fighting words you said. You opened the strange door, brother. You can’t accept these consequences, you apply and start making accusations?
“I said fighting words and got into a fight about it. I lost the fight. Fair enough. Jake’s af ****** bad dude. He’s a tough son of a b**** dad. A lot of people would lose a fight to him. There’s no shame in that “.
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