World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown has made a verbal commitment to make his first defense of the title against Leonard Garcia, according to a new report by MMAjunkie.com’s John Morgan.
Morgan indicates that the proposed bout is expected to take place sometime in March at a venue yet to be determined, However, because of Brown’s affiliation with American Top Team, there are strong signs that the bout could anchor a show to be possibly be held in Florida.
Thus far, Brown has only made a verbal agreement but signed bout agreements from both fighters are expected to be signed in the very near future.
Brown won the title from former champion Urijah Faber at WEC 36 in November following a TKO courtesy of repeated punches at just 2:23 into the bout. The victory improved Brown’s WEC record to 2-0, which includes a unanimous decision victory over former WEC featherweight title contender Jeff Curran during Brown’s WEC debut at WEC 34 in June.
His opponent, Garcia, is a former UFC lightweight competitor who is 2-0 since dropping to the WEC’s 145-pound weight class. Showing fast and powerful hands in wins over Hiroyuki Takaya at WEC 32 in February and Jens Pulver at WEC 36 in November, the Greg Jackson-trained fighter will pose a dangerous threat to Brown’s current eight fight winning streak.