Mike Thomas Brown was a champion. He was good. No, seriously. He was really good. You don't remember?
Let me remind you.
The icing on the cake came when Brown beat Urijah Faber (who, at the time, seemed invincible) for the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight title at WEC 41 on Jun. 7, 2009.
Then that pesky Jose Aldo Jr. went and ruined everything. On Nov. 18, 2009 at WEC 44, "MTB" was devastated by Aldo by way of a second round technical knockout (TKO).
Brown hasn't been the same since.
Though he did win his next fight via submission against Anthony Morrison, when was the last time you heard someone talking about Anthony Morrison?
Brown also defeated Cole Province by TKO at WEC 51 on Sep. 30, 2010, but...quick...tell me something you know about Cole Province without using Google. Since Brown lost to Aldo, he has gone 2-3 and has been a mere shell of his former fighting self.
Phan will be looking for a little redemption of his own after losing his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut in a very controversial decision to Leonard Garcia on Dec. 4, 2010 at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.
I'll go ahead and state the obvious, reminding you that the UFC generally does not continue to employ fighters who lose three fights in a row (unless said fighter happens to have a red mohawk or hail from Huntington Beach).
Brown sorely needs a win, but if he doesn't get one on Saturday night, do you, the ever-wise Maniacs think it will be the end of the road for him?