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Mike Brown back in action at UFC 133 against Nam Phan

Former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown is set to return to the Octagon for the third time this year after back-to-back appearances in January left him nursing a torn finger ligament and an inability to fully train due to repeated cases of lactic acid build-up. Brown has since healed up and, according to an announcement by the UFC, will face TUF 12’s Nam Phan at UFC 133 in August.

Both fighters find themselves in an interesting position career-wise with losses in four of their last six outings on the heels of unquestionable success in the cage and may very well be fighting for their jobs at the event, adding an extra layer of intrigue in Philadelphia to what should already been an exciting match-up given their well-rounded skill-sets and willingness to engage opponents.

Phan was last seen losing a highly controversial decision to Leonard Garcia at the Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Finale in December and has yet to see the Octagon since after an injury forced him out of a scheduled rematch with Garcia. The 28-year old Californian is 16-8 in his career with seven TKOs and five submissions to his credit.

Comparably, Brown has finished eighteen of the twenty-four opponents he’s beaten including thirteen by way of tap-out. Among the numerous notable names the American Top Team trained competitor has had his hands raised against are Yves Edwards, Jeff Curran, Mark Hominick, Leonard Garcia, and of course Urijah Faber who he beat twice in title-fights.

Brown and Phan will join an already-stacked line-up of talent at the August 14 event including 145-pound champ Jose Aldo, who is defending his belt against undefeated contender Chad Mendes, as well as match-ups including Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshishiro Akiyama.


  • Creature says:

    Even tho jones is off the card, it is still stacked, and this fight is gonna be fun. im gonna go with brown by tko in the 1st or early 2nd or phan by dec

  • MCM says:

    I thumbs upped you Creature because I too thinks it’s a stacked card. But I don’t see Brown getting the TKO. He may walk out with the decision, it all depends on how his training goes down. He said he was over trained before the fight with Nunes, and under trained for the fight with Yahya. I still think he’s one of the best FW’s in the world and I’d like to see him get back on a wining streak. Unfortunately, I’m also a big fan of Phan, (that’s fun to say), so I don’t want to see him get cut either. I’m hoping for an all out war in which Mike gets his hand raised in a split dec., and Nam gets another shot in the UFC.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I love this fight, hopefully we see both guys at 100%. After the judges robbed Nam against Garcia you know the UFC has his back and this proves it, as nobody who loses a fight should be givn Mike Frikken Brown. Damm good matchmaking and I see a solid 3 round war here but if Brown is really back on track he should get the W.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I like Nam’s chances he’s a good fighter and def could pull it off… Imagine what a win over Brown would do for him.


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