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Yes, Mike Brown needs a win at UFC 133

Mike Brown is on the wrong side of Facebook.

Sure, it's OK to have some video of yourself posted to your wall, but when your bout is being streamed live on UFC's Facebook page, that means you're low on the prelim card. And when you're a former champion, a WEC featherweight title holder in the case of Brown, well, that means your career is headed downward.

Brown fights former "Ultimate Fighter" contestant Nam Phan at UFC 133 in Philadelphia on Aug. 6.

"He seriously needs to win this fight," UFC president Dana White said.

Brown (above, right)stunned all when he knocked out Urijah Faber to win the WEC featherweight title on Nov. 5, 2008. He successfully defended the belt twice, including a rematch with Faber.

Then, Jose Aldo happened. No shame there as Jose Aldo happens to a lot of fighters (12 in a row, in fact). But Brown's bout with Aldo ended like this: Brown face-first on the mat, Aldo mounted on his back punching and punching and punching until the referee determined Brown had absorbed enough punishment.

Since that bout on Nov. 18, 2009, Brown has gone 2-3, including back-to-back losses. Brown (24-8) lost a split decision to Diego Nunes on New Year's Day at UFC 125, then lost a unanimous decision to Rani Yahya three weeks later.

Yes, three weeks later.

Brown has said many times that after he loses a fight, he wants to get in the cage as soon as possible to get a win under his belt. He feels more comfortable that way. When Brown lost the belt to Aldo, less than eight weeks passed before he fought and beat Anthony Morrison at WEC 46.

"Sometimes there's that one fight that changes you forever and you're never the same after that fight," White said. "Maybe Aldo was that guy for him."


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