“Part of being a professional and part of being a champion is fighting the best guys wherever they tell you you have to fight them. Urijah fought me in my hometown in the first place, so it’s only fair. I fought (Leonard) Garcia in his hometown, too, so this will be two in a row in the other guy’s home, but it doesn’t really matter. You still have to go in and fight the fight…There are some people who are writing me off and who didn’t give me a chance the first time and don’t understand what I’m capable of doing. That wasn’t the hard-core fans, though. It was the casual fan who just sees the sport occasionally. The people who follow the sport know what I’m about.”
–Mike Brown, telling Kevin Iole that he doesn’t no stinking hometown advantage to successfully defend his title against Urijah Faber.
Was the first fight a fluke? Was Faber overrated? Is Mike Brown just better? I honestly have no idea. Of all the big fights coming up this summer, I think this has to be one of the hardest to pick. Urijah looked so unbeatable for so long, and Brown took him out with relative ease (although there is the argument Faber took himself out being too reckless), and then he made Leonard Garcia look like an amateur. It’s definitely a tough one.
If Faber loses though, sounds like there’s a chance we could see him at bantamweight.