If you're looking for a "People's Champ", WEC featherweight king Mike Brown may be your guy. The 33-year-old just bought his first house, drives a Ford Focus and still works the front desk at his gym, American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. He's also beyond humble, telling Cage Writer that "it was my night" after his smashing submission victory over Leonard Garcia on Versus at WEC 39.
The life of the mixed martial artist is all about instability. The pay isn't great and there are few long-term, guaranteed contracts while you're working your way up the ladder. That's why buying a house and settling down is a big step for Brown, who has fought all over the world:
"I'm hoping the endorsement deals get a little bit better and my pay gets increased by the WEC each time I win," said Brown, who has Tapout and Champion Nutrition as current sponsors. "I just bought a house like a couple of weeks ago and I was a little worried about it with the economy and all that. Another win certainly helps me out."
Listen below to Brown during the postfight with Cage Writer: