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.
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