Matt Brown has been assaulted again in Brazil, this time at a hotel following his UFC 198 loss to Demian Maia. The aftermath to the attack was caught on camera, with Rodrigo Botti, Brown’s former Jiu Jitsu coach, being restrained outside the hotel.
Botti was chased down and hit several times after allegedly attacking Brown from behind. Botti can be heard in the video footage pretty much admitting the assault when he tried to excuse his behavior:
“like he did to me… he did even worse. I had surgery – 16 stitches.”
Botti’s remark about stitches is in reference to a 2015 incident in which Brown allegedly assaulted Botti.
Brown hasn’t commented on the incident, but his wife referred to Botti as an “absolute psycho.”
The UFC released a statement shortly afterwards, stating:
“UFC is aware that welterweight contender Matt Brown was allegedly attacked today by a former acquaintance at the UFC 198 host hotel in Curitiba, Brazil. UFC has been in communication with local authorities to gather more information relative to the alleged attack, and is reviewing security measures at the hotel…
Fortunately, Brown was uninjured in the situation and will return home to the United States later today as planned.”
Curitiba Police Department reports suggest that Brown isn’t filing charges with the police, although Botti has filed against Brown’s friend, Vinicius ‘Pequeno’ Lemos, who is one of the men seen on the video striking Botti after catching up with him outside the hotel.
It was an eventful weekend for Matt Brown, who was struck by fans during UFC 198 walkout before a submission defeat to Demian Maia after they were riled by Brown flipping them off at the weigh-ins the day before.