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Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber II to headline WEC 41 on June 7

A rumored WEC featherweight title rematch between incumbent champion Mike Thomas Brown (17-4-1) and former champion Urijah Faber (22-2) has been signed to headline WEC 41 on Sunday, June 7.

While the WEC has yet to officially announced the fight, learned of the finalized matchup from a source close to one of the fighters late Monday night.

Brown vs. Faber II will take place in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, Calif. at the Arco Arena. Despite previous comments made by UFC President Dana White, the fight card will not take place on pay-per-view and is instead slated to air on the VERSUS Network.

Faber won the then-vacant WEC featherweight title against Joe Pearson at WEC 25, the first-ever WEC event promoted under Zuffa ownership. The former University of California-Davis amateur wrestling standout went on to successfully defend the title four times with wins over Domink Cruz, Chance Farrar, Jeff Curran, and Jens Pulver.

However, Faber’s attempt to add a fifth consecutive defense to his resume ended in failure after he missed a spinning back fist against Brown at WEC 36 this past November and was TKO’d due to strikes at 2:23 of round 1.

Despite the disappointing loss, Faber rebounded with a guillotine choke submission just one minute and 34 seconds into a rematch against Pulver during WEC 38 this past January.

Against Brown, Faber will have display better tactical prowess against a significantly larger opponent who formerly competed at lightweight. One of the most underrated fighters in all of MMA, Brown is currently on a nine fight win streak.

The American Top Team fighter has not lost since second round submission against Masakazu Imanari during a DEEP event in Japan in December of 2005. A former veteran of the defunct BodogFIGHT promotion, Brown holds notable wins in his career over Yves Edwards, Renato Tavars, Jeff Curran, and his most recent victory against Leonard Garcia at WEC 39 earlier this month.

Brown’s win over Garcia was his first-ever defense of the WEC featherweight title and came at 1:57 of round 1 following a arm triangle submission. The win boosted Maine native’s lifetime record in the WEC to a perfect 3-0.

  • mu_shin says:

    The only thing that surprises me about this announcement is that one of the biggest fights the WEC will ever promote is scheduled so soon. Thought they’d put a little more time and effort into promoting this one.

    Mike Brown showed quite a bit of power in his last two victories. I read that he walks around over 160, and obviously doesn’t lose too much strength cutting to 145.

    Uriah Faber has proven to be one of the most complete fighters in all of MMA. His striking has improved greatly, his wrestling is among the best, and his conditioning, proven in his five round title defense against Jens Pulver, is unparalelled.

    Faber made a serious error against Brown the first time, and this should be his opportunity to demonstrate an ability to learn from his mistakes. It will take a great game plan to overcome Brown’s size and possible strength advantage, and I look forward to a great tactical and strategic battle.

    My thought would be that if Uriah can survive the first couple of rounds, taking Brown into the latter part of the five round fight, he stands a great chance of submitting Brown on the ground. I think a standup kickboxing match would be a mistake, given Brown’s reach advantage and obvious punching power. Not that Mike Brown is a slouch in the submission game, but the way Faber scrambles and rolls into sub attempts, applying effective ground and pound when he can, makes me think that’s his advantage in this matchup. If Brown successfully defends his title, I think we’ll see him wear the WEC featherweight belt for some time to come.

  • wardog says:

    Atleast there is going to be no follow up on the PPV talk!

  • Angry Mike says:

    I’m surprised this won’t be a ppv. The Faber/Brown rematch is the best headline event they’ll have for quite a while. It would be the best candidate for WEC’s entry into ppv shows.


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