Oh, how it hurts to see Mike Brown on an undercard fighting Nam Phan. It really does. In 2009, Brown (24-8) was considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world after he defended his WEC Featherweight Championship, defeating Urijah Faber for a second time.
Since then, he's gone just 2-3, dropping his last two to Diego Nunes and Rani Yahya for an 0-3 UFC record (Brown debuted back in 2004, losing by submission to Genki Sudo).
Nam Phan (16-8) is certainly a worthwhile opponent, coming off of a win...wait, a loss to Leonard Garcia. He also looked very impressive during his run on The Ultimate Fighter.
This is a very interesting matchup because Phan has been consistently improving while Brown seems to be on the decline.
It could be that his fight against Yahya was only three weeks after his fight with Nunes, who, in my opinion, is a top contender at 145. However, I think with a full camp, we'll see a revitalized Mike Brown who can return to the winning path.
Nam Phan is extremely well-rounded and may give Brown some trouble, but I see this going down as a unanimous decision win for MTB.