There comes a point in every fighter’s career where it’s time to hang up the gloves and focus on a future outside of the ring. For 37-year old UFC featherweight Mike Brown it looks like that day is coming sooner than later, especially after having a second surgery to fuse vertebrae in his neck. However, it appears Brown isn’t quite ready to call it quits yet even though he has started exploring the next phase of his career.
According to an official statement from American Top Team, the former WEC champion has taken a full-time job at the gym he’s called home throughout the bulk of his career and will now serve as an assistant coach to the training center’s professional fight team.
“It’s always great when you can hire from within your team. We feel fortunate to have someone of Mike’s credentials on board, to help build and grow our next generation of fighters,” explained an ATT representative in the press release. “It is a perfect time for Mike to look forward, beyond his fight career and stay part of something he truly has a passion for and loves. Regarding Mike’s fight career, he will see how his rehab goes and take it one day at a time. He hasn’t ruled out fighting in the future.”
Brown holds an overall record of 26-8 in his career and is coming off back-to-back wins inside the Octagon. Among the notable opponents he’s beaten throughout his decade-plus run in the sport are the likes of Mark Hominick, Jeff Curran, Yves Edwards, Nam Phan, and Urijah Faber.
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