UFC featherweight fighter and former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown is one of the few former WEC fighters who has actually spent time in the Octagon prior to the recent UFC-WEC merger. Brown took on Japanese fighter Genki Sudo at UFC 47 in 2004, in a bout he lost by first round submission. He will be making his UFC return against Diego Nunes at UFC 125 this January 1st and he recently told MMAJunkie.com that he believes he is more well-prepared for the big stage this time around.
“I was definitely outgunned and overmatched back then,” Brown said of his first UFC outing. “I was small for the weight. I was still training in Maine back then. I was way outgunned. I was brought in to lose. I think that was the decision made by good management on Genki (Sudo’s) part. I had a chance, but it’s a percentage game. He was a heavy favorite, but I loved it. It was a great experience. I’m a huge fan of the sport; that’s why I got into it. Genki Sudo is actually my favorite fighter.”
Brown has split the results in his last four bouts, balancing losses to Jose Aldo and Manny Gamburyan with wins over Anthony Morrison and Cole Province. Though his most recent appearance was a victorious one against Province, Brown still feels the need to make a statement in his to the Octagon.
“I think I’ve got to prove myself,” Brown said. “But I think that’s the case for most fights. I had to prove myself against Urijah the first time. I had to prove against Leonard (Garcia) that I was really the champ. I had to beat Urijah again to prove it wasn’t a fluke. At that point, I was well-established, but then I lost a couple. People are talking bad again that I’m not that good, so I have to prove myself again.”
UFC 125: Resolution goes down on January 1st at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.