What do you do if you’re former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown and the guy you defeated TWICE has just leapfrogged you into a title fight against champ Jose Aldo?
Accept it with class, congratulate Urijah Faber and move on. And, that’s exactly what the ever-classy American Top Team fighter did.
“I think [Aldo vs. Faber] makes a lot of sense,” Brown told MMAWeekly.com. “You can’t have me fighting him back-to-back like that for no great reason, but I’ll be back and I’ll get my shot.”
The top of the WEC 145-pound ladder got a little sticky after both Faber and Brown pulled off impressive rear-naked submissions in their respective WEC 46 bouts. Brown earned his in the first round over Anthony Morrison, while Faber got his in the third round over Raphael Assuncao.
Brown had shocked the MMA world when he TKO’d Faber at WEC 36 in November 2008, jacking his untouchable title before the first round horn even sounded. Faber had been perfect through is previous 13 scraps.
Brown parlayed that victory by handing Faber his second loss in nearly four years at WEC 41. Although Brown took a unanimous decision that evening, Faber should be commended as he went Ultimate Warrior with-it and fought the last four rounds with a broken right hand.
However, Aldo absolutely crushed Brown at WEC 44, and that’s why he agrees the organization should look elsewhere for a featherweight top contender.
“I think it’s time for Aldo to fight someone else,” Brown said. “He TKO’d me in the second round. There’s no reason he shouldn’t give somebody else a shot before I get back in there.
“Let somebody else get a crack at it, but if they don’t get it then maybe I get my shot.”