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Image via: Rodrigo Botti

Rodrigo Botti has come forward to tell his side of the Matt Brown post UFC 198 attack.  The day after Matt Brown was chocked out by Damian Maia, Brown says he was assaulted by way of a ‘sucker punch’ delivered by Botti.

Botti, however, recalls the engagement differently and denies vehemently the ‘sucker punch.

“I saw him the night before [Sunday] because I went to the hotel to see my friends.  I went back to my hotel to sleep and went back to their hotel to say goodbye to my friends. When you’re cowardly assaulted like I was, you can’t control yourself. This guy destroyed my career, I lost part of my vision because of him, had to do another surgery. I couldn’t sleep normally for 15 months, it changed my entire life. I simply exploded.”

“I didn’t listen to the podcast and I’m not interested in listening to this guy’s voice but I read that he said that I threw a punch that hit his shoulder. I guess he’s a bit confused. He said I hit the back of his head, and now that I hit his shoulder. He’s changing his story. But if he’s hurt somewhere it’s not his shoulder or the back of his head, but I don’t wanna get into more details. I’ll be honest, he’s in the past already. He was a coward when he did what he did to me, and I’m satisfied with my attitude now. We are even.”

Botti, who was previously Brown’s jujitsu coach, previously accused Matt of assaulting him in February of 2015 resulting in 16 stitches in his left eye.

“I think what I did to him had the same proportion what he did to me.  Not that much, actually, because when he attacked me he had a friend with him, and I was alone this time against him and three or four friends. And now this guy Vinicius Lemes got himself into trouble. He got himself into a fight he didn’t know what was all about, and he’s probably not sleeping well at night because he’s in trouble now and saying that I hit his shoulder… I won’t get into details, but do you think that an aggressive person like him would go after me outside the hotel if I had punched him? He punched a fan in his walk out because he grabbed his hood, and he didn’t go after me? He had a reason not to come after me, and this ‘Pequeno’ guy went after me.”

Video of the aftermath of the Matt Brown attack below: