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Mike Brown says no to retirement, yes to new UFC contract

Former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown has decided to make one last run at a Zuffa title instead of calling it quits. Brown, who seemed set to retire after two consecutive losses in the UFC, has signed a new five-fight deal with the promotion.

Since back-to-back defeats via decision at the hands of Diego Nunes and Rani Yahya, Brown has defeated Nam Phan and Daniel Pineda. Those triumphs have given the 36-year-old a sense of a career resurgence, bringing back memories of 2008 when Brown topped Urijah Faber for the WEC belt and defended it twice before falling to Jose Aldo.

“The last couple of years were kind of rough on me,” said the 26-8 Brown in a statement released on his personal website. “I had a lot of injuries and I was feeling fatigued during training and fights. Going into the last fight (with Pineda)….I was pretty certain that was going to be my last fight. This fight felt different, I felt great and felt no fatigue. I had a lot of fun being out there.”

The ATT staple also added he expects to finish his new deal out before hanging up his gloves for good.

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