UFC fighter Matt Brown has started a #ketogenic diet to help combat the potential effects of traumatic brain injury.
Brown disclosed in an interview on The MMA Hour that he suffered a concussion recently and has been taking action to protect the health of his brain.
"I tell you, it's no fun," Brown said. "I had a serious concussion. A real concussion."
A ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that lowers blood sugar and insulin levels. Brown said that the diet has been helpful in treating patients with epilepsy, diabetes, and cancer.
"It has been a fantastic help to my brain," Brown said. "Since I have done the diet I have absolutely just loved it. Fell in love with it."
Brown said he has also cut back on the amount of sparring he does. He also works on puzzles, and plays Sudoku and other games to maintain his brain's reaction time.
"I treat it like a muscle like any other it has to be exercised to stay strong," commented Brown. "I have kids and want to be able to speak sentences to them ... this sport is real. It isn't just fun and games and a paycheck."
Brown would not disclose when he suffered the concussion, but he said the effects woke him up to the reality of the sport. He said that he was having trouble completing sentences, revealing that on one occasion he stood up, only to fall over immediately thereafter.
Brown said he has watched his role models suffer the effects of concussions, the biggest being former boxer Meldrick Taylor, who was never the same after he fought Julio Cesar Chavez.
Brown suffered the first knockout loss of his career at the hands of Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201.
"That was the first time in my entire life that I had been dropped by a headshot," Brown said.
Brown added that he contemplated "killing myself" after the Ellenberger loss, but since he has kids realizes that it is important to show them that you can bounce back after a loss.
It was the second loss in a row for Brown. He has lost four of his last five fights.
Brown would not disclose when he suffered the concussion because he didn't want anyone to think he was using that as an excuse for a loss.