Even though WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown was riding an eight-fight winning streak after his 1stRound knockout of former champ Urijah Faber last November, many were hesitant to accept him as the world’s best 145-pound fighter. After last night’s performance at WEC 39, Brown showed the MMA world that he isn’t just a one-shot wonder.
“I just stuck to my gameplan. I do what I do every fight; I swing for the fences every shot, try to put him down, keep my hands up, I do my thing,” Brown stated after his first title defense.
Brown caught Leonard Garcia with an overhand right in the fight’s opening seconds, instantly dropping the Jackson Submission fighter to the canvas. Garcia somehow managed to recover, however Brown was relentless in his desires to end the bout.
The reigning champ was finally able to secure an impressive arm-triangle choke which forced Garcia to tap at 1:57 in the 1stRound.
“Leonard’s a world class fighter, that’s just how the game is, one guy’s got to win, one guy’s got to lose, it’s unfortunate cause he’s a great guy,” stated Brown. “It was my night and he’ll be back.”
You obviously can’t talk about the WEC’s featherweight division without mentioning Faber’s name, and Brown wasn’t shy when talking about giving the company poster boy a rematch.
“Urijah was a great champion, and I would love to fight Urijah again,” Brown professed to the crowd at the the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. “That’s what the fans love. Urijah’s the man so let’s do it again buddy.”
Cameras caught Faber sitting cage-side, excited about the opportunity to avenge his loss and reclaim his title.