WEC poster boy Urijah Faber lost in a stunning upset at WEC 36 to Mike Brown. Although Brown was a game opponent, he still entered the fight a 4-to-1 underdog against the best 145-pound fighter in the world. Ironically, Faber lost his title attempting an unorthodox, high risk maneuver, a move similar to the trendsetting ones that have helped make him the success that he is today.
As the fighters were feeling each other out early in the 1stRound, Faber bounced off of the fence and threw a flying-reverse elbow directed at Brown’s face. Unfortunately for the champ, Brown quickly countered with a right hook that caught Faber flush on the chin, knocking him completely on his back.
Faber was clearly stunned as Brown pounced on him for the kill. He landed numerous shots to Faber’s face, forcing him to roll over, giving Brown his back. Instead of trying to go for a common rear-naked choke in this position, Brown decided to continue to rain down strikes, this time landing six consecutive uppercuts.
The referee had no choice but to step in and stop the fight.
“I made a small mistake and he capitalized on it,” Faber humbly stated after the fight. “Congratulations to Mike Brown. I have no excuses.”
Very few people gave Brown much of a shot at lasting past the 1stRound, let alone walking away with the belt.
“People don’t really know who I am,” Brown said. “My fights have kind of gone under the radar, and nobody has really heard of me. But I’m good.”
The fans certainly know who he is now, and they absolutely know how good he is. The American Top Team fighter has officially put himself on the map, handing the now former champ only his second loss in 23 fights.
“I don’t have a lot of knockouts on my record, but I hit (expletive) hard, dude,” stated the new featherweight champion.
Ask Urijah, he’ll tell ya.
(Picture courtesy of Tom Hamlim, MMAWeekly.com)