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Mike Brown again sporting one of the best walk out tunes in the game, “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Keith Peterson will ref this featherweight tilt.
Round 1: They touch gloves and take the center of the cage. Brown attempts a takedown after both throw gauging strikes and Phan avoids it easily. Brown lands a good left hook and then drives in for the takedown. He gets him down and takes his back, eventually slipping one hook in. Brown softening Phan up with punches to the side of the head. Phan eating the punches while defending his back. Phan is keeping Brown from taking his back fully, but he’s repeatedly taking short punches to the face. Both men are being methodical about positioning, but Brown is just beating Phan up now. Brown lands a few nice elbows and then starts to put some heat on his punches. Phan gets to his feet with ten seconds to go and Brown puts him right back on the mat.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-8 for Brown
Round 2: They take to the center again and trade strikes. Brown with a good front kick. Brown gets a deep single that Phan sprawls on, but Brown is relentless, driving him into the fence. Phan keeps to his feet and eventually shakes Brown off. Good left to the body by Phan. Phan starting to land some nice punches, stringing together solid combinations. He avoids another deep single. Phan landing very nice left hooks to the body. Phan working Brown’s body from both sides now. Brown goes for the double and Phan stays upright for a bit before Brown eventually drags him down. Phan eventually gets to his feet. Brown lands a pair of cracking right hands and Phan returns fire with shots to the body. Good left hook to the head by Phan. Phan working nice, varied combinations and really landing well to Brown’s midsection. Brown tries for another takedown that Phan avoids. Brown landsa few front kicks at the end of the round.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Phan
Round 3: They touch gloves for the last round. Phan lands a nice right hand and then puts together a slick punch combination. Phan all over Brown to start this round, putting the former champ on his heels with a volley of strikes. Brown finds his composure and begins to fight back. He fights hard for a takedown that Phan initially avoids and eventually puts Phan down on the fence. Phan gets to his feet, but Brown is on his back against the fence. Phan slips out. Brown with a nice left hook. Brown again drops for the takedown and Phan threatens with the kimura. Phan avoids but gets tagged with a left on the break. Both men tiring late, but Brown is keeping Phan’s offense stifled by threatening with the takedown constantly. Phan lands a hard left hook. Brown goes back in for the takedown and presses Phan against the cage. The crowd boos as Brown rides Phan on the fence. He can’t get him down, but he’s riding out the clock.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-10
Mike Brown defeated Nam Phan via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)