Mike Brown (fighter)
|Born||Michael Thomas Brown
September 8, 1975
Portland, Maine, United States
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable school(s)||Bonny Eagle High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Michael Thomas "Mike" Brown (born September 8, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist currently fighting as a Featherweight in the UFC. A professional competitor since 2001, Brown is a former WEC Featherweight Champion, and has also fought in the Japanese promotion DEEP, as well as BodogFIGHT.
Brown wrestled at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, Maine where he won a state championship in 1992, his junior year. He went on to wrestle at Norwich University where he was known for his ability to focus. Although he was an average student in high school, he was able to apply his focus to academics and excelled as a scholar-athlete in college. According to Norwich wrestling Coach Rich Hasenfus, Brown was one of the smartest athletes and strongest wrestlers at Norwich.
Mixed martial arts career
Brown had fought in several MMA events including most recently WEC, where he was the Featherweight Champion. In 2005, Brown suffered a near career-ending loss at DEEP 22 in Japan. Brown's opponent, noted leg-lock expert Masakazu Imanari, dislocated Brown's leg to the point that his leg was pulled out and to the side of his knee joint. His only other Pre-WEC losses were to world-class fighters; besides Imanari, only Joe Lauzon, Genki Sudo, and Hermes Franca (all UFC veterans) had defeated Brown en route to Brown's 18-4 record.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Riding a six-fight win streak, Mike Brown signed with the WEC's Featherweight division. His debut in the WEC was against Brazilian Jiu-jitsu expert Jeff Curran at WEC 34. In each round, Brown matched Curran's stand-up and then took him down and scored from the top with elbows and punches. Brown won all three rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Brown was then offered a shot at the WEC Featherweight Championship with a fight against Urijah Faber at WEC 36. The fight was originally set to take place in Hollywood, Florida on September 10, 2008, but it was postponed to November 5, 2008 due to Hurricane Ike. At the time, Faber had held the title for over two and a half years and was widely considered to be the best fighter at 145 pounds in the world. Brown welcomed the opportunity to fight the best in the world and felt that his training with American Top Team had prepared him well. When the heavily-favored Faber attempted a risky elbow strike, Brown countered with a right hook to the jaw, knocking down the champion. Brown then followed with a flurry of unanswered punches and the fight was called off at 2:23 of the first round. Brown won by technical knockout and was declared the new WEC featherweight champion.
Brown's first title defense came against Texas-native Leonard Garcia in Corpus Christi, Texas as the main event of WEC 39. Garcia came out very aggressively, but he made a mistake and circled in the wrong direction. Brown capitalized on the mistake, knocking Garcia down with a big right hand. He followed with a barrage of punches and elbows, one of which opened up a cut on Garcia's forehead. Brown took Garcia's back and worked unsuccessfully for a rear-naked choke. Garcia got Brown back in his guard, but Brown passed into a full mount and secured an arm-triangle choke. Garcia tapped out at 1:57 of the first round. Brown said that he did not really feel like the champion after the Faber fight, but he was happy he established himself as the champion with his victory over Garcia.
Brown's second defense came in a rematch against former champ Urijah Faber as the main event of WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2. The bout took place at ARCO Arena on June 7, 2009 in Sacramento, California.
Urijah Faber was defeated a second time by Brown via unanimous decision in front of his hometown crowd in Sacramento. The score cards read 49-46, 48-47 and 49-46, all in favor of Brown, solidifying him as the best featherweight in the world. MMA websites Sherdog.com and ESPN.com both stated that "Faber's right hand was no match for the top of Mike Brown's head".
Following his unanimous Dec win over Faber (for the second time), Brown lost his WEC Featherweight Championship against José Aldo on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44. Brown lost by knockout in the second round.
Mike Brown's next fight was against Cole Province at WEC 51. He won the fight via TKO (punches) in the first round.
Return to Ultimate Fighting Championship
On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.
Brown was out until mid-2011 recovering from surgery on his hand that was injured during the Yahya bout. On August 6, 2011, Brown faced Nam Phan at UFC 133. He won the fight via unanimous decision, earning him his first UFC victory.
Brown faced Daniel Pineda on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. He defeated Pineda by unanimous decision. In an interview with Ariel Helwani following the fight, Brown stated that he would give himself two weeks to consider retiring based on how his body felt after recovering. On July 4th, 2012, Brown signed a 5 fight deal with the UFC.
Brown was expected to face Akira Corassani on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26. However, Corassani pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Steven Siler. Brown lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
After pulling out of the fight against Payan, Brown said he would likely not fight again, though he did not say he was retiring.
Championships and accomplishments
- World Extreme Cagefighting
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|35 matches||26 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||26–9||Steven Siler||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||1||0:50||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||26–8||Daniel Pineda||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 146||May 26, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||25–8||Nam Phan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 133||August 6, 2011||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||24–8||Rani Yahya||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight for the Troops 2||January 22, 2011||3||5:00||Fort Hood, Texas, United States|
|Loss||24–7||Diego Nunes||Decision (split)||UFC 125||January 1, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||24–6||Cole Province||TKO (punches)||WEC 51||September 30, 2010||1||1:18||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||23–6||Manny Gamburyan||KO (punches)||WEC 48||April 24, 2010||1||2:22||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||23–5||Anthony Morrison||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 46||January 10, 2010||1||1:54||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||22–5||José Aldo||TKO (punches)||WEC 44||November 18, 2009||2||1:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the WEC Featherweight Championship|
|Win||22–4||Urijah Faber||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 41||June 7, 2009||5||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States||Defended WEC Featherweight Championship, Fight of the Night|
|Win||21–4||Leonard Garcia||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||WEC 39||March 1, 2009||1||1:57||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States||Defended WEC Featherweight Championship, Submission of the Night|
|Win||20–4||Urijah Faber||TKO (punches)||WEC 36||November 5, 2008||1||2:23||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Won WEC Featherweight Championship, Knockout of the Night|
|Win||19–4||Jeff Curran||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 34||June 1, 2008||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||18–4||Manny Reyes Jr.||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PXF: Premier X-treme Fighting||December 8, 2007||1||1:46||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||17–4||Eben Oroz||TKO (punches)||HOOKnSHOOT: BodogFIGHT||November 24, 2007||1||3:15||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||16–4||Yves Edwards||Decision (unanimous)||BodogFIGHT: Clash of the Nations||December 16, 2006||3||5:00||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Lightweight bout|
|Win||15–4||Jason Bryant||TKO (punches)||AFC 19: Absolute Fighting Championships 19||October 21, 2006||1||1:26||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Win||14–4||Rocky Long||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KE: Kick Enterprises||September 9, 2006||2||1:32||Fort Myers, Florida, United States|
|Win||13–4||Dustin Neace||Submission (guillotine choke)||AFC 18: Absolute Fighting Championships 18||August 26, 2006||1||0:50||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Loss||12–4||Masakazu Imanari||Technical Submission (rolling kneelock)||Deep: 22 Impact||December 2, 2005||2||3:38||Tokyo, Japan||DEEP Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||12–3||Takeshi Yamazaki||Decision (unanimous)||Deep: 21st Impact||October 28, 2005||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||DEEP Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||11–3||Taiyo Nakahara||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||GCM: D.O.G. 2||June 11, 2005||2||N/A||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–3||Renato Tavares||Decision (unanimous)||AFC 10: Absolute Fighting Championships 10||October 30, 2004||3||5:00||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Joe Lauzon||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CZ 8: Street Justice||October 2, 2004||3||2:14||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Genki Sudo||Submission (triangle armbar)||UFC 47||April 2, 2004||1||3:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lightweight bout|
|Win||9–1||Leigh Remedios||Decision (unanimous)||AFC 6: Absolute Fighting Championships 6||December 6, 2003||3||5:00||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||8–1||Renat Mirzabekov||Submission (heel hook)||HFC 2: Hardcore Fighting Championships 2||October 18, 2003||1||2:38||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||7–1||Mark Hominick||Submission (heel hook)||TFC 8: Hell Raiser||June 6, 2003||3||N/A||Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Win||6–1||Shawn Graham||TKO (punches)||HFC 1: Hardcore Fighting Championships 1||May 24, 2003||2||1:05||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||5–1||Mike Large||Submission (rear-naked choke)||TFC 7: Fightzone 7||February 28, 2003||1||N/A||Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Win||4–1||Bill Mahoney||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MD 10: Mass Destruction 10||January 25, 2003||3||N/A||Swansea, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||3–1||Edward Odquina||Submission (rear-naked choke)||USMMA 1: Ring of Fury||May 18, 2002||1||N/A||Lowell, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Hermes França||Submission (triangle choke)||HOOKnSHOOT: Kings 1||November 17, 2001||1||2:21||Evansville, Indiana, United States||Lightweight bout|
|Win||2–0||Vinny Brightman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MD3: Mass Destruction 3||August 4, 2001||1||3:30||Swansea, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jeff Darienzo||Submission (keylock)||MD1: Mass Destruction 1||April 1, 2001||1||2:15||Swansea, Massachusetts, United States|
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- Brian Knapp (2009-03-30). "Brown-Faber Sequel Official for WEC 41". Sherdog. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- "Brown-Aldo Set for November WEC". Sherdog. 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
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- "Mike Brown vs Manny Gamburyan on tap for WEC 48 on April 24". mmamania.com. February 3, 2010.
- "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber – Live Results and Commentary". BLOODYELBOW.com. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "WEC vets Mike Brown and Diego Nunes targeted for UFC 125 matchup". mmajunkie.com. November 10, 2010.
- "Replacement Mike Brown steps in to meet Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night 23". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- "Featherweights Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan slotted for UFC 133 in Philly". mmajunkie.com. May 11, 2011.
- "Mike Brown vs. Vagner Rocha added to UFC on FX 1". mmajunkie.com. November 29, 2011.
- "UFC On FX Fight Card: Mike Brown Scratched With Knee Injury". mma.sbnation.com. December 30, 2011.
- "Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda added to May's UFC 146 event". mmajunkie.com. March 14, 2012.
- "Mike Brown: 'I'm Getting Near The End'". mmafighting.com. May 27, 2012.
- "Mike Brown vs. Akira Corassani set for UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston". mmajunkie.com. May 31, 2013.
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- Staff (2014-04-04). "Mike Brown out, Estevan Payan now meets newcomer Alex White at UFC on FOX 11". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
- Mike Bohn (2014-04-15). "UFC featherweight Mike Brown: I don’t think I’ll fight again". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
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