Saturday, April 24th marks a historic occasion for the Zuffa owned World Extreme Cagefighting organization, as they will make their pay-per-view debut live from the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.
To mark this momentous occasion the WEC has constructed an epic card that includes two title fights and many of the organization’s top stars—one of which being former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown.
“I’m happy that I got the call. That I am one of the names that they sought,” Brown told Bleacher Report exclusively when asked about being a part of the company’s first PPV card. “I know they wanted a lot of big names on the card to make this thing work. It’s an honor that they chose me.”
This will be Brown’s second fight since losing his title to Jose Aldo back at WEC 44 in November, and it will be no small task as he is set to face tough Armenian judo practitioner and former Ultimate Fighter finalist, Manvel Gamburyan.
While this will be a very tough matchup, Brown is confident that his blend of power, wrestling, and striking will matchup up well against what Gamburyan brings to the table.
“I’ve got the reach which is rare for me because I’m 5’6” but I’ve actually got some reach here and I always do really well against shorter guys. I feel good with the power edge and with the technical striking edge. I think that’s (standing) my area and I’m not easy to takedown so I think it’s going to be a hard fight for him.”
Being the savvy veteran that he is, Brown understands that being successful and earning another shot at the featherweight title isn’t just about wins and losses. Brown understands the importance of putting on a good show for the fans.
“It used to be for me just to win all the time but now I’m starting to realize this is entertainment and I always want to put on a good show and make the fans happy. That’s important too, just as important as winning. I want to put on a good fight and leave it all out there and try to finish him early in dramatic fashion.”
Already considered to be the second best featherweight in the world my most MMA outlets, a victory over Gamburyan will likely earn Brown an opportunity to regain his WEC gold.
“I think if I get a win—especially if I look good doing it—then I’ll be right in the spot (No. 1 contender) and I should get a shot at the winner of Aldo-Faber.”
Should he get past Gamburyan at WEC 48, Brown was very clear about who he’d like to face for the title.
“I’d like to fight Aldo of course. If I came back and beat Urijah a third time no big deal. I beat him a couple of times already. I need to redeem that loss, that’s what I need to do.”