by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Just one fight is all it took for Mike Brown to lose the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title he fought so hard to get.
It’s that one fight – his only failed attempt in his last 12 bouts – you would think was garnering all his attention. You’d be wrong.
The one right in front of him is the one that’s got his attention.
Not Jose Aldo, the man who took his belt, but Manny Gamburyan, the man who wants to roll over him as Brown fight’s his way back to the belt. Brown and Gamburyan are set to square off Saturday night at WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber.
“It’s going to be tough one. Manny Gamburyan is a tough dude, really strong for the weight class. He was strong for 155, so I’m sure he’s going to be strong at 145,” Brown assessed, adding, “He has a strong submission game. He swings hard. It should be an interesting match-up. He likes to take guys down and bully them, and I’m not too easy to do that to.”
Like Gamburyan, he’s not looking past this fight, but Brown does think about getting back the gold that he once wore around his waist.
“This is a good fight against a guy who is Top 10 in the world and if I win this it will put me back in the title hunt and I’m ready to smash him up, take my money and go home,” he declared.
“I’ve got to win this and I think I’m right back in the hunt for that belt.”
Of course all of the title talk is for naught if he doesn’t get past Gamburyan, and Brown is keenly aware of that fact.
“The next one in front of you is the most important. Nothing in the past matters. Nothing in front of you matters. I just need to win this fight so badly, and I always think that way. And then when you get by it, it’s like if I can just win this one and the next one, so it’s always like that for me.”