MMAJunkie.com is reporting that former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown will look to rebound from a recent knockout loss to Manvel Gamburyan when he takes on Cole Province at the upcoming WEC 51. According to MMAJunkie, both fighters have agreed to the bout verbally and are expected to sign their bout agreements shortly.
Brown, who trains out of American Top Team, captured the WEC Featherweight Championship from heavy favorite and WEC poster boy Urijah Faber at WEC 46 in November of 2008 by scoring a stunning first round knockout. Brown made his first title defense against Greg Jackson-trained Leonard Garcia and won via arm triangle choke, again in the first round. Brown defended his title once again, against Faber, before losing the belt to current 145 pound kingpin Jose Aldo at WEC 44 in November of 2009. Since losing his belt he has gone 1-1, rebounding from the Aldo loss with a submission win over Anthony Morrison and then succumbing to a first round knockout loss to current top contender Manny Gamburyan at WEC 48.
Cole Province entered into the WEC undefeated in five fights. He made his WEC debut at WEC 37 in december of 2008 against Diego Nunes where he lost via unanimous decision. He bounced back from that loss Fredson Paixao via split decision at WEC 42 but the results of that bout were overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after Province tested positive for the anabolic steroid Methasterone. Province earned another shot in the WEC by defeating Nick Masters by submission this past June at a Bricktown Brawl event.
WEC 51: Aldo Vs. Gamburyan is scheduled to go down this September 30 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The event will be headlined by WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo who will be making his second title defense against challenger Manny Gamburyan and will be broadcast live on the Versus network.