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"He's very tough, a good striker who's been going right through people. He's been knocking people out so quickly that it's hard to see what his complete game is like, but his striking is good. My advantages over him are strength, punching power and wrestling. On the ground it's kind of an unknown. I mean, he's a black belt, but there are very different calibers of black belts. I can't say that I wouldn't get caught because great jiu-jitsu guys still get caught in submissions. I mean, Wagnney Fabiano just got caught in a triangle. Who would have thought that? But I can definitely say I've improved to the point where now I think submission grappling is my strong suit. I don't like to make predictions, and I know the possibility of losing is always there. But I'm very confident in my abilities and I think I'm going to go out there and win the fight."
WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown sounds off on his upcoming title defense against the electric Jose Aldo at WEC 44 from "The Pearl" at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 18. It certainly won’t be an easy task because the 15-1 "Junior" has been sensational in his tenure with the WEC, stopping all five of his fights by way of (T)KO. But if anyone can do it it's Brown — he's been an absolute juggernaut since usurping the crown from Urijah Faber at WEC 36. Will Aldo be able to keep it upright or will Brown neutralize his stand-up with takedowns and punishing ground and pound? Predictions please, Maniacs.