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).
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