Newly crowned WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown will be sidelined 4-6 weeks after suffering a torn rib cage in his win over Urijah Faber at last night’s WEC 36 event. After the bout, Brown was clearly in pain as he thanked all the fans in attendance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino during his post-fight interview in the ring. As he was exiting the cage, medical staff was seen examining the fighter’s midsection.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the injury with Brown’s manager, Dan Lambert. He stated that Brown indeed suffered torn cartilage in his ribs, and was immediately transported to a local hospital via ambulance.
Lambert stated that although Brown is in a little bit of discomfort, his new title belt is helping to ease the pain. Also, he doesn’t expect the injury to cause any long lasting effects, and states that the new champ is excited to defend his title when he is all healed up.
Brown pulled off the biggest upset in WEC history with his 1stRound knockout of the organization’s most popular fighter. The American Top Team trained fighter was a 4-to-1 underdog entering the bout.