As UFC 125 approaches in January, more of the WEC roster begins to pop up on the first show of the New Year. The latest edition will see former featherweight champion Mike Brown make his return to the UFC against Diego Nunes in a bout on the Jan 1 card.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly by sources close to the negotiations on Wednesday. The bout was originally reported by MMAJunkie.com.
Brown (24-6) will be one of a few fighters making the move over to the UFC that has actually fought there before. Fighting as a lightweight, Brown competed in the Octagon back in 2004, but has spent the last couple of years as a 145lber in the WEC.
Brown will be looking to get another win under his belt as he tries to move closer and closer towards the top of the featherweight division, and get a shot at a title he once held.
Looking to stop the run Brown hopes to build will be Diego Nunes (15-1), a training partner of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at Brazil’s Nova Uniao camp.
Nunes has won his last two fights in a row over Raphael Assuncao and Tyler Toner, and takes another big step facing the former featherweight champ Mike Brown.
The fight between Brown and Nunes will likely occupy a spot on the preliminary portion of the show headed up by two title fights to kick off New Year’s Day for the UFC.