Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown was not so long ago ranked in some analysts top 10 pound-for-pound lists after going 10 fights undefeated, beating Urijah Faber twice along the way, but he’s had a rough time over the past year or so.
Once considered extremely durable and hard to finish, Brown lost his title to Jose Aldo at the tail end of 2009 after a second round TKO, and just months later suffered a brutal KO at the hands of Manny Gamburyan.
By the time the WEC folded into the UFC Brown was 2-2 in his last four outing to the cage, and was looking to make a fresh start in 2011, but things haven’t gone according to plan.
He lost a split decision to Diego Nunes on January 1st at UFC 125, and then desperate to make amends he accepted a short-notice fight with Rani Yaya just three weeks later at UFC: Fight For The Troops 2, and dropped to another decision loss.
That led to speculation that the 35 year-old’s time in the UFC may be drawing to a close, but it appears the promotion are prepared to throw him a lifeline.
Brown’s manager Richie Guerriero today informed MMAfighting that the UFC had contacted him to confirm that the former champ will get another chance to prove he still has what it takes in the Octagon.
It seems like a good move. The 145lb division not exactly being the deepest in the promotion at this moment in time it makes no sense to let a tried and tested fighter with a solid reputation like Brown go. Another loss would likely be the straw that breaks the camel’s back though.