Former WEC 145-pound champ Mike Brown will enter the Octagon for the second time in his thirty-fight career on New Year’s Day according to an updated line-up listed for UFC 125 on the promotion’s website.
Brown’s previous performance in the infamous eight-sided structure came more than six years ago when he was submitted by emperor-of-the-entrance Genki Sudo at UFC 47, an event headlined by Chuck Liddell’s epic first encounter with Tito Ortiz to offer a little perspective on the interim between appearances.
He will face 15-1 Diego Nunes in his return to the UFC, a 27-year old Brazilian with a well-rounded attack who is coming off back-to-back wins over Tyler Toner and Raphael Assuncao.
The American Top Team staple is also coming off a victorious performance, as he TKO’d Cole Province in less than ninety seconds this past September at WEC 51. In addition to Province, Brown has beaten Yves Edwards, is the only individual to have finished Leonard Garcia, and holds a pair of wins against pound-for-pound great Urijah Faber.
UFC 125 is headlined by Frank Edgar defending his UFC lightweight title against Gray Maynard and also features featherweight phenom Jose Aldo putting his 145-pound belt up for grabs against Josh “The Fluke” Grispi, Clay Guida testing his chin against Takanori Gomi, and a number of other pairings worthy of the notable date.
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