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Report: Mike Brown to Return at WEC 51 Against Cole Province

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A year ago, Mike Brown was the two-time defending featherweight champion of the WEC. Now, he’s a belt-less contender on a 1-2 skid, who most recently suffered a shocking first-round knockout at the hands of Manny Gamburyan. Once again, it’s time to rebuild. According to MMA Junkie, Brown will make his return at WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan (September 30th; Broomfield, Colorado) against Cole Province (6-1).

Province had a two-fight stint in the WEC in 2008-9, losing a decision to Diego Nunes, then winning a decision over Fredson Paixao — which was deemed a no-contest when Province popped for steroids. In June, Province returned to action at an event in Oklahoma City, where he scored a quick submission over Nick Masters. That was apparently enough to earn him a return ticket to the WEC. To summarize, former champion Mike Brown has to fight a 6-1 drug-cheat who’s never actually won in the WEC. In a way, we feel bad for both of them.

The addition of another WEC star adds even more firepower to a card that’s damn near PPV-worthy. The tentative lineup is after the jump…

Jose Aldo vs. Manvel Gamburyan (for featherweight title)
Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone (LW)
Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia (BW)
Chan Sung Jung vs. George Roop (FW)
Leonard Garcia vs. Mark Hominick (FW)
Mike Brown vs Cole Province (FW)
Chris Horodecki vs. Ed Ratcliff (LW)
Chad George vs. Antonio Banuelos (BW)
Clint Godfrey vs. Demetrious Johnson (BW)

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Gilafresh- August 12, 2010 at 10:57 am
This card is disgusting stacked front to back.
superflat- August 12, 2010 at 9:53 am
Manvel is a monster at featherweight. Nobody gives him enough credit. I'd lay down a unit or two for him to take the title -- at which point Brown won't be looking so bad.
DaltonSwayze- August 12, 2010 at 7:25 am
@ccarter What's the point of having lower weight classes at that point? Aldo will be ready for it and might be right this second, but let him tear a few dudes up at 145 first and then he can wreak havoc on other divisions. I swear he could be the first three division champ
ccarter- August 12, 2010 at 7:05 am
Let's see Aldo vs Henderson, winner fights Frankie Edgar.
ccman- August 12, 2010 at 7:02 am
We are discussing the brown who was first to catch faber showboating and later couldn't finish a handless faber for 20 minutes still.
MMA Mafia- August 12, 2010 at 6:53 am
I'll never feel bad for watching any Zuffa event for free (legal or illegal). When you pay $2K to a guy who fights for living, make close to half a billion a year in revenue and say you're in full support for the growth of sport yet try to crush all other promotions and counter program them. I tend to not feel obligated to buy any of your PPV 's. Ever. lol
ReX13- August 12, 2010 at 6:45 am
SHHHHHHHH jesus christ don't bring up the PPV thing!

But yeah, this card is stupid awesome.