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Mike Brown sidelined with surgery after Fight Night 23 injury

Though not listed on the official medical report issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown will be out of an unspecified amount of time due to a hand injury he suffered this past Saturday night in a losing performance against high-level grappler Rani Yahya.

According to Brown via Facebook, he tore a ligament in his left hand during the first round of his Fight Night 23 bout and is set for surgery today to repair the damage.

This newest setback caps off a rough run of in-ring adversity the 35-year old has been dealing with since dropping his WEC title to Jose Aldo in November 2009. Post-loss, Brown has gone 2-3 including a pair of decision defeats inside the Octagon stemming from this past month of action. In addition to his stumble against Yahya, Brown was outpointed by Diego Nunes at UFC 125 on January 1 and was a late replacement at last weekend’s “Fight for the Troops” event.

Despite the struggles Brown still holds an overall record of 24-8 with past wins over Leonard Garcia, Yves Edwards, Jeff Curran, Mark Hominick, and Urjiah Faber (twice).


  • Rece Rock says:

    Browns lows are as remarkable as his highs…

  • Creature says:

    Im surprised he wasnt cut.. but very glad he wasnt

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    On a personal note, Brown is one of the nicest, most humble fighters I’ve ever spoken to. Good guy. Hope he recovers well on both the injury and in-ring front.


    I hope Brown recovers fully and brings back the beast of a fighter he use to be

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    cant believe he didnt get cut. losing a decision to Yahya is a sure sign that your career is on the downturn.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Very surprising to see Brown lose here but remember he took this fight just a few weeks removed from his loss to Nunes. Credit him for going in again, the UFC will never cut a guy who does them a favor like that, and hopefully he gets back on track soon.


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