UFC’s Mike Brown dealing with hand injury, mystery heart ailment

By Derek Bolender

Times are tough right now for Mike Brown, to say the very least.

The former WEC featherweight champion has lost four of his past six fights and two in a row for the first time since 2004. His future is uncertain and remains on unstable ground due to his recent performances.

Couple that with lingering questions regarding the 35-year-old’s overall health after nearly a decade in the fight game, and his career officially has been placed in a quandary.

Winless in 2011, his year got off to a rocky start after a split-decision loss to Diego Nunes on New Year’s Day on the preliminary card of UFC 125.

In an attempt to right his wrong, Brown (24-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) jumped right back on the horse and took a fight with Rani Yahya just 21 days later on the preliminary card of the “UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fights for the Troops 2″ event.

He would suffer the same fate, but this time it was unanimous in the eyes of the judges. In the process, he clearly looked like a shell of his former self in the cage.

“That should be a cakewalk fight for me,” Brown recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “Rani Yahya has better jiu jitsu than me, no doubt about it, but I’m stronger and have way better wrestling. I hit harder. It just didn’t happen.”


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