Mike Thomas Brown: The Beginning of an Era

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Mike Thomas Brown: The Beginning of an Era

It was a fluke—a stroke of good luck. It was nothing but a freak occurrence, a complete accident. He took him lightly. He got caught.

 

All of these have been used to describe Mike Thomas Brown’s victory over Urijah Faber, and why not? The champ certainly wasn’t expected to lose.

 

Faber was the definition of a dominant champion. He was coming in with a record of 21-1, with that lone loss being against a larger Tyson Griffin. Urijah was riding the wave of an impressive 13-fight win streak that spanned over three years.

 

Brown was just supposed to be there to add to Faber’s already stocked highlight reel. It was supposed to be just another day at the office.

 

I guess Mike didn’t get the memo.

 

With all the hoopla surrounding Urijah Faber and his quest to get his belt back, it seems the MMA world has forgotten about the guy who took that belt in the first place.

 

It’s ok though. That will all change come Sunday at the Arco Arena where Mike Brown will announce his presence not as a fluke, but as a force.

 

In actuality, the Mike Thomas Brown Era started at WEC 36. The MMA community just refuses to acknowledge it.

 

I understand the rationale behind Brownie’s lack of love. Faber is a media darling. His good looks, intelligence, and surfer-dude personality have helped him build a large fan base.

 

He is also an exciting fighter, who has finished every single opponent he has beaten, sans one. He is the face of World Extreme Cagefighting and, therefore getting the home treatment in hopes that he gets the belt back.

 

A victory over Mike Thomas Brown adds to the legend of Urijah Faber.

 

Sorry folks, it is just not going to happen. The Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger once wrote, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

 

The first fight was not a fluke it was a portent. Mike Thomas Brown is the real deal. I expect the bandwagon to be overflowing come Monday morning.

 

It’s not like anyone should be surprised. Mike is 21-4. He sports victories over Mark Hominick, Leigh Remedios, Yves Edwards, Jeff Curran, Leonard Garcia, and of course Faber.

 

His only losses were to some stellar competition in Hermes Franca, Joe Lauzon, Genki Sudo, and Masakazu Imanari in a fight he was dominating before Imanari pulled off one of his patented “miracle” leg locks. 

 

Brown entered the Faber fight on a tear himself, going 7-0 over the two years prior to the first match. Yet the betting odds first had him at +350, a huge underdog to the champion Faber at (-550). This fight has Faber favored again at -150 to Brown at +120.

 

Since bookies are not known for charity work, I am assuming they, like everyone else, think the first fight was a fluke. If you are an avid gambler, you might want to take advantage of making a little cash off Brown now, because after this fight, his days of being an underdog will be over.

 

The fact is that Faber has nothing to offer Brown. His biggest asset, his strength, is negated by the fact that Brown is bigger and stronger.

 

While I will give Urijah an advantage in the speed department, Mike has a decided power advantage. Mike hits like a truck—the biggest X-factor in the sport.

 

How many times have we watched Chuck Liddell knock someone out with a looping right hand? How many times has Scott Smith won a fight he should have lost due to his concussive power? 

 

Power is the great equalizer. It’s the reason why brawlers can be successful in a sport that favors technique.

 

Urijah not only has to figure a way to get Mike to the ground, he has to do it while avoiding extended stand-up exchanges. In a five-round fight, that could prove to be very problematic.

 

I know its MMA and anything can happen. I fully expect to eat crow if Faber pulls off the win here. I just don’t see it happening. Brown’s destruction of a very talented Garcia made me a believer. A second dominant performance over Faber will make a believer out of everyone else.

 

Expect a humbled Faber to drop down and challenge Miguel Torres for his 135-pound strap, as MTB goes on to become the new face of the Featherweight division. 

 

Welcome folks, to the Mike Thomas Brown Era. It started seven months ago and figures to last a lot longer than that.

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