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Mike Brown expects return to the ring in Fall

Former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown is close to 100% again with his sights set on getting back into the Octagon later this year after having endured a pair of losses in January and subsequent health-related issues.

Five Ounces of Pain recently caught up with the powerful grappler who explained he was making sure not to rush his recovery but was feeling healthy and hoping for a fight in August or September. The UFC currently has a trio of shows rumored for the months mentioned including UFC 133 (8/6), UFC Rio (8/27), and UFN 25 (9/17).

Brown tore a ligament in his finger during a January 22 defeat to submission savvy Brazilian Rani Yahya at UFN 23. The match-up marked the second decision defeat for the American Top Team competitor in less than a month, as he served as a late replacement at the event and had fought three weeks earlier at UFC 125 against Diego Nunes.

In addition to the damaged digit Brown also dealt with an undisclosed illness while training for Nunes where he was getting uncharacteristically winded in practice due to an abnormal lactic acid build up.

When Brown makes his way back into the infamous eight-sided cage he will likely be fighting for more than a win after going 2-2 before his back-to-back stumbles in 2011. However, prior to the stretch he was considered to be among the elite 145ers in MMA with dual wins over Urijah Faber, as well as victories over Mark Hominick, Jeff Curran, Leonard Garcia, and Yves Edwards. He holds an overall record of 24-8 with thirteen submissions and five TKOs to his credit.

PHOTO CREDIT – WEC/ZUFFA

3 COMMENTS
  • Cool..love to see MTB get back on the winnin track…and that’s the sickest picture of any recent cover story in awhile.

  • Rece Rock says:

    That is a pretty sweet pic… although I’m a Faber fan and it pains me to see it.

  • MCM says:

    I’ve always been a fan of MIke Brown. A lot of people wrote him off after the losses to Aldo and Manny, and even now people wonder how he won the title and whether he was ever any good. But he’s had just as many big wins as Faber and is one of the most well rounded guys fighting at 145. I know he’s had some issues both physically and emotionally and I hope he’s got everything straightened out. I think he’s one of those fighters that could consistently be top 10 in his weight class and has the skills to challenge for the title at anytime.

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