by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion Mike Brown faces Jose Aldo on Nov. 18, his third straight title defense, and the champ is confident leading up to the showdown with the Brazilian top contender.
“I’m ready to go. I’ll be happy to get in there and get it done,” Brown told MMAWeekly.com.
Brown was familiar with Aldo, but it wasn’t until he started watching videotapes of 23-year-old in preparation for this fight that he fully realized how good Aldo is.
“I knew he was kind of tough. Then I started looking at the tapes and I was like, wow, he is pretty tough. He looks pretty good in his videos,” Brown said about his opponent. “Another world class guy. They’re all tough at this level.
“I think he’s ready. I was ready and he looks pretty top-notch. I think he’ll be ready.”
Questioned about his game plan, Brown commented, “Put the pressure on and try to hit him hard and have good defense, don’t get hit, and that’s the name of the game. Do what I do every fight, nothing fancy and keep it simple and try to put it on him.
“I’ve gone over all the scenarios in my head and with my coaches, and we have an idea of how the fight might play out,” added the 34-year-old.
Training at one of the top gyms in the world, Brown has some of the sport’s best training partners at his disposal and this camp was no different.
“We’ve got guys always getting ready (to fight), always training, so I had a handful of guys training really hard right now to get ready with me,” said the American Top Team trained fighter.
He spent a lot of time sparring with Rafael Dias and UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves.
“He (Alves) helped me a lot with the knees, the knees and kicks because that’s his game. He looks a lot like Aldo if you watch those guys fight; straight punches, good needs, good kicks. Alves is just bigger and hits harder,” said Brown.
“Aldo might be quicker, but Thiago showed me a lot of nice defensive stuff on what to do in those types of situations. I go with a lot of the guys my weight, 45-pounders, 35-pounders to get that blazing speed.”
An area Brown feels he’ll have an advantage is conditioning.
“Grappling is a different intensity than striking. You’re using a lot more muscles, a lot more sprinter power, and I just showed I can go 25 minutes,” Brown commented. “I think I’ve always won the third round when I’ve fought in my decisions. I’ve gone to decision six times and I think in all six I won the third round in every fight. I do think I get stronger as time goes.
“I’m ready. I’m well prepared for this.”