That's the mindset Brown carries with him into the octagon. He's been in deep waters and survived, not always unscathed but ceaselessly pressing forward. Harkening back to four years ago, when he was mired in a losing run, Brown doesn't judge the fighter he was back then any more readily than he will the make a final assessment of what he's become. "Every day I go to the gym, I walk out a better fighter than when I walked in," he said. "So, yeah, I hope I'm dramatically better now than I was in 2010. And in another three or four years I'll be a dramatically better fighter than I am now. Or I'm not doing my job."