The UFC has announced that a featherweight match up between former WEC 145lbs. champ Mike Brown and The Ultimate Fighter 12 contestant Nam Phan is being eyed for early August at UFC 133.
UFC president Dana White said through UFC.com that the two have “verbally agreed to fight August 6th in Philadelphia.”
Since losing the strap to José Aldo in November of 2009, Mike Brown has seen mixed results inside the cage. Brown has gone 2-3 since giving up the belt, having taken out Anthony Morrison and Cole Province, but dropped bouts to Manny Gamburyan, Diego Nunes and Rani Yahya. In his most recent performance, which came at UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 this past January, Brown was defeated by Yahya via unanimous decision. The American Top Team-trained fighter sports an overall record of 24-8 and a UFC record of 0-2.
Having narrowly — and some would argue controversially — lost a decision to Michael Johnson in the TUF 12 semi-finals, Nam Phan found no better luck with the judges when he made his UFC debut at the TUF 12 Finale. Phan fought featherweight staple Leonard Garcia to a decision at that event, which was awarded in Garcia’s favor, much to the confusion of most spectators. Phan was awarded his win purse by the UFC despite having technically lost the bout. Phan sports an overall record of 16-8 and a UFC record of 0-1.
UFC 133 is not yet official, but is expected to take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 6.