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.
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