A rumored WEC featherweight title rematch between incumbent champion Mike Thomas Brown (17-4-1) and former champion Urijah Faber (22-2) has been signed to headline WEC 41 on Sunday, June 7.
While the WEC has yet to officially announced the fight, FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the finalized matchup from a source close to one of the fighters late Monday night.
Brown vs. Faber II will take place in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, Calif. at the Arco Arena. Despite previous comments made by UFC President Dana White, the fight card will not take place on pay-per-view and is instead slated to air on the VERSUS Network.
Faber won the then-vacant WEC featherweight title against Joe Pearson at WEC 25, the first-ever WEC event promoted under Zuffa ownership. The former University of California-Davis amateur wrestling standout went on to successfully defend the title four times with wins over Domink Cruz, Chance Farrar, Jeff Curran, and Jens Pulver.
However, Faber’s attempt to add a fifth consecutive defense to his resume ended in failure after he missed a spinning back fist against Brown at WEC 36 this past November and was TKO’d due to strikes at 2:23 of round 1.
Despite the disappointing loss, Faber rebounded with a guillotine choke submission just one minute and 34 seconds into a rematch against Pulver during WEC 38 this past January.
Against Brown, Faber will have display better tactical prowess against a significantly larger opponent who formerly competed at lightweight. One of the most underrated fighters in all of MMA, Brown is currently on a nine fight win streak.
The American Top Team fighter has not lost since second round submission against Masakazu Imanari during a DEEP event in Japan in December of 2005. A former veteran of the defunct BodogFIGHT promotion, Brown holds notable wins in his career over Yves Edwards, Renato Tavars, Jeff Curran, and his most recent victory against Leonard Garcia at WEC 39 earlier this month.
Brown’s win over Garcia was his first-ever defense of the WEC featherweight title and came at 1:57 of round 1 following a arm triangle submission. The win boosted Maine native’s lifetime record in the WEC to a perfect 3-0.