WEC fighter Mike Brown has made some bold moves to achieve his dreams. Now a win over Urijah Faber could change vault him to MMA stardom. The Maine native looks to pull the upset tomorrow night at WEC 36 in Ft. Lauderdale (Versus 9p ET). Faber, on a 13-fight win streak, comes in as the world's No. 1 ranked fighter at 145 lbs.
Brown follows in the footsteps of Maine-natives Tim Sylvia and Marcus Davis in more ways than one. Fighters from smaller regions generally have to seek out a bigger camp to hone their skills. Sylvia did it by hooking up with Pat Miletich in Iowa and Davis took the short trip south to Boston to work wih Mark Della Grotte. Four years ago, Brown made the big change by going from Hollis, Maine to American Top Team in South Florida:
"When he first got here he was getting run over, but he came here for a reason," ATT general manager Richie Guerriero told The Sun-Sentinel. "He raised the bar and told himself he was going to make himself get to this level. Now he is knocking on the door of a WEC title. This is the fight of his life ... the pinnacle of his career."
The original fight card was cancelled when Hurricane Ike threatened the Ft. Lauderdale area just before Sept. 10. Both Brown and Faber have gone through two training camps but Brown told Ariel Helwani of MMARated that he is healthy and ready to go. He wants to take advantage of Faber's big weakness, putting himself in bad positions. Brown said Faber is taken down too often and also gives his back on too many occasions. Brown's resume is pretty impressive. He's won five straight fights with career wins over Yves Edwards and Mark Hominick plus quality losses against Genki Sudo, Hermes Franca and Joe Lauzon.
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