Mike Thomas Brown (born Sept 8, 1975) is an America mixed martial artist. He currently fights as a featherweight in the UFC. He is a former WEC Featherweigh Champion.
Mike trains full-time at the main American Top team academy located in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Mike Brown wrestled at bonny Eagle High School in Standish, Maine where he won a state championship in 1992; his junior year. He went on to wrestle at Norwich University where he was known for his ability to focus. Although he was a poor student in high school, he was able to apply his focus to academics and exceled as a scholar-athlete in college. According to Norwish wrestling Coach rich Hasenfus, Brown was one of the smartest athletes and strongest wrestlers at Norwich.
Brown had fought in several MMA events including most recently WEC where he was the 145 lb welterweight champion at one point. In 2005, Brown suffered a near career-ending loss at Deep 22 in Japan. Brown’s opponent, noted leg lock expert Masakazu Imanari, dislocated Brown’s lef to the point that his lef was pulled out and the the side of his knee joint. His only other pre WEC losses were to World Class fighters; besides Imanari, only Joe Lauzon, Genki Sudo, and Hermes Franca (all UFC Veterans) had defeated Brown en route to Brown’s 24-8.
Riding a 6 fight win streak, Mike Brown signed with the WEC’s 145 pound division. His first fight in the WEC was against jiu jitsu expert Jeff Curran at WEC 34. In each round, Brown matched Curran’s stand-up and then took him down and scored from the top with elbows and punches. Brown won all three rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory. He continued on to work his way into title contention where he defeated Urijah Faber in front of his hometown (coconut creek, FL)for the 145 pound title. He defended the title twice before losing it to the current 145 pound champ, Jose Aldo. He currently fights in the featherweight division that has recently been merged into the UFC.