On Sunday, June 7th, Mike Thomas Brown (21-4) will defend the WEC featherweight title against Urijah Faber (22-2) – the man he took it from with a first round technical knockout last November. There fight will take place at ARCO arena in Sacramento, Faber’s hometown. Brown is currently riding a nine fight win streak dating back to 2006 with his last three victories in the WEC. In his last outing, Brown demolished top contender Leonard Garcia by rocking him early in the fight and then submitting him with an arm triangle in the first two minutes of the first round.
Faber, known for his elite wrestling skills and frenetic pace, has been considered one of the world’s top fighters at 145 pounds and had won thirteen straight fights prior to suffering a defeat at the hands of Brown. Faber’s last and only other loss prior to his fight with Brown was to UFC veteran Tyson Griffin, who now fights at 155 pounds. Faber’s last two victories were against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver. Faber defeated Pulver with a five round unanimous decision victory in the fight prior to his defeat to Brown. In his first and only fight since the Brown loss, Faber defeated Pulver again with a first round guillotine choke submission.
Mike Brown, who fights out of Coconut Creek, Florida as a part of the famed American Top Team, will be looking to prove that the first fight with Faber was no fluke. In a recent interview with Sherdog.com, Brown acknowledges that this fight against Faber probably won’t go as easily as his last one, stating “I do think it’s going to be tougher because I don’t anticipate me, you know, knocking him out in the first round. He’s a world class fighter…I anticipate a five round war. With both of us going to get checked out at the hospital.” Brown believes, “if I go out and fight like I can, then I’ll beat everybody.” Brown is ready for Faber’s hometown crowd as well explaining, “I actually get more motivated when I get booed I think. I feel like somebody’s calling you out, you know.”
Brown will look to prove that he is one of the best in the world and solidify his position as the champion when he takes on Faber for the second time on Sunday, June 7th.