The fire that featherweight champ Mike Thomas Brown will face when defending his title against former champ Urijah Faber on June 7 at WEC 41 is heat that he has battled before. The two first met at WEC 36 in 2008 when Brown initiated a changing of the guard by scoring a massive underdog victory (TKO).
Since then, “MTB” has successfully defended his belt by defeating hard-hitting Leonard Garcia in March of this year. The momentum he has amassed via a nine-fight win streak will play an important role in maintaining focus as the ever-popular Urijah Faber will do everything in his power to reclaim the WEC belt and title of world’s best featherweight back from American Top Team’s Brown.
Mike recently spoke with MMA Nation and had this to say…
“I try to not make too many mistakes. I try to stay real tight. And he’s an unorthodox fighter. In all of his fights, he gives up his back, he gets taken down, you know, he turns his back to guys. That’s nothing new for him. That’s his style. He’s not a methodical fighter where he’s patient, takes his time, keeps tight defense everywhere. That’s not his style.”
Brown is right, in that Faber brings an unorthodox style when in the cage. The problems Urijah present have been solved only twice in his impressive professional career, by current UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin and the man he will face at this weekend’s bout. What this rematch holds in store for fans is a fight that will likely serve up two intelligent game plans coupled with a level of intensity perhaps never before seen under the WEC banner, which is saying a lot due to the quality of competition the organization has come to be known for.
Both men are wizards at defense and can put together overwhelming offense, which helps to make this rematch so intriguing. As an uncharacteristic mistake by Faber is was what cost him the coveted belt, Brown will be up against a challenger that has likely worked tirelessly to seal any and all holes in an already world-class game.