When looking at Australian lightweight Damien Brown’s career, it would be easy to compare it to the ocean tide. It began with high tide, winning his first six pro fights; followed by low tide, losing his next three fights; to being followed up by high tide again, currently on a three-fight winning streak.
Brown credits those around him for getting him through the rough times and back on track.
“I have a fantastic team of coaches and training partners and I never felt unready for any of those fights,” he said. “I always came well prepared and conditioned, however, I lost to a quick TKO in one and the other two were very good, advanced BJJ techniques.
“I was winning the fights until I got caught, so I guess my confidence wasn’t down because I knew I was ready and winning, but just got unlucky. My team always backed me and I just pushed through.”
During his current winning streak, Brown made a successful debut in China’s Legend FC, and is once again being asked to return to the promotion for their April 27 card in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, against up-and-coming Japanese Shooto star Yasuke Kasuya.
“I think this is a very even and solid match-up for me,” said Brown. “I’m confident I can win. I just need to control the fight and I think I can win it on my feet or in the wrestle.
“I like this fight and have been excited about it since first being told my opponent.”
This past February, Brown defeated Rob Hill, who had previously defeated Kasuya.
When asked what he thought about beating a fighter who had won against his upcoming opponent, Brown said, “He dominated Rob for most of the round before a simple mistake cost him the fight. It’s good to know he’s beatable and I believe I got the right game to beat him.”
A win over Kasuya could be a big boost in helping Brown gain international exposure and take another step closer towards obtaining a championship, both of which are part of his game plan for the remainder of the year.
“For 2013, I just want to take it one fight at a time,” he said. “I’m planning a trip to Denver, Colo., in the U.S. to train and I want to increase the winning streak I’ve got going.
“I’d like to have my shot at the title by the year’s end. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks in life, if you want it, go after it.”
Brown obviously puts a lot of importance on those around him, and had nothing but praise for his coaches and the sponsors that have supported him.
“I’d like to thank my coaches Dan Higgins, Adrian Pang and Steve Compton. Thanks to Integrated MMA and my training partners; my sponsors Temper Fightwear, Prodigy fit, Australian Sports Nutrition, Rocktape Australia, Again Faster and MMA apparel Australia.”