("Yeah, I was married before. For one day. Long story." Lots more bizarre photos at myspace.com/therealmikebrown)
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)