After dropping 3 of his last 4 fights under the Zuffa umbrella former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Thomas Brown came into Philly with his back up against the wall at UFC 133.
This is a guy who held a place on many folks Top 10 Pound 4 Pound List after his 2nd straight victory of Urijah Faber back in the Summer of 2009. Brown has since dropped one too many fights being pushed out of the Top 10 Featherweight Rankings and looking to save his job against Nam Phan this past Saturday Night.
Brown’s performance in the 1st Round of his fight against Nam Phan will most likely go down as the most dominant of his career. Brown had to of landed no less than 100 punches after taking Phan down securing himself a 10-8 Round on everyone in the world’s scorecard except for 2 of the 3 judges sitting cage side. The next two rounds were a different story. Phan came back landing his trademark deadly body shots but Brown came into this fight too focused and in too great of shape to let his job slip away. Brown weathered the storm and earned himself his first UFC win in four tries dating back to his debut 7 years ago against Genki Sudo at UFC 47.
In ZuffaWorld it’s typically three straight losses and you’re out. Being a former Champion and getting back into the win column however now puts Brown one or two wins away from being back in the hunt.
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That means there will be not rest for the weary and Brown will get a very competitive opponent in his next fight. Coming off a controversial win in his Featherweight Debut against Michihiro Omigawa, Darren Elkins seems to be the only legit 145er who doesn’t currently have a fight scheduled for this Fall.
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