Former WEC champion Mike Brown has had a rough go of it the last couple of years in MMA and was considering walking away and retiring.
Following his win over Daniel Pineda at UFC 146, Brown hinted at his possible retirement from the sport after competing for the last 11 years.
But now the long time American Top Team fighter has opted to give his all to fighting for one more deal with the UFC as he has signed a five-fight extension with the promotion.
“The last couple of years were kind of rough on me. I had lots of injuries and I was feeling fatigued during training and fights. When you feel like this it takes all the fun out of being in the cage. I was starting to think that was going to continue. Going in to the last fight with Pineda I was pretty certain that was going to be my last fight. I talked to my friends, family, and coaches. I told them how I was feeling and i told them I would make up my decision about retirement after the fight,” Brown wrote on his website on Wednesday.
“This fight felt different, I felt great and I felt no fatigue. I felt like I did when I won the belt in 2008/2009. I felt like I could of easily went 5 rounds and I had a lot of fun being out there. Last week I signed a new 5-fight deal with UFC and plan to continue on and finish up my new contract.”
Brown has faced some of the stiffest competition at 145lbs, and it appears that the former champion will stick around to compete against more of the best featherweights in the UFC for at least five more fights.
There’s been no word yet on when Brown will next appear in the Octagon.