Former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown has found himself in somewhat of a rut since losing the WEC featherweight championship to Jose Aldo at WEC 44 in November of 2009. Up until that point, Brown had been riding a ten-fight win streak, with two of those wins being over the WEC’s biggest star, Urijah Faber.
Since losing the title to Aldo, Brown has gone 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the UFC. His most recent fight saw him lose a unanimous decision to Rani Yahya at UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 in January, a fight in which he also completely tore the medial collateral ligament in his left hand in the opening round. Brown recently underwent surgery to reattach the medial collateral ligament.
“I thought I must have broken my finger, and it stopped me from using my grip with my left hand,” said Brown. “I couldn’t really grip any longer. I didn’t feel it through the end of the fight.”
Brown had taken the bout with Yahya on only a few weeks notice. Although he had fought only weeks before, dropping a close split-decision to Diego Nunes at UFC 125, Brown took the short-notice fight anyway.
“Anytime you get a chance to fight in the UFC, it’s an honor. But when you add the chance to compete in front of our troops who do so much for us, and then you couple that with my desire to get back into the cage quickly after my close loss to Diego…it was just too great of an opportunity to pass up.”
Brown is currently in a cast, and will endure a six-week recovery. However, he believes he will bounce back quickly from his injury, and is far from defeated. He plans to start rehabbing as soon as possible.
“I want to take some time off, step back, and come up with a new game plan, a new plan of attack. I want to come back as the best version of me later this year,” said Brown.
Through his tough time, Brown is very appreciative and thankful toward his fans for their support. He also expressed gratitude toward the UFC, saying, “I want to thank Dana White and Joe Silva for giving me the opportunity to compete here, and finish my career in the UFC.”