The biggest featherweight fight in MMA history will take place Sunday night when World Extreme Cagefighting 145-pound champion Mike Brown takes on the man he took the belt from, Urijah Faber, at WEC 41. Full preview and predictions below.
What: WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2
Who: In addition to the main event, the televised fights will include Jens Pulver vs. Josh Grispi, Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson and Donald Cerrone vs. James Krause.
When: Sunday, 9 PM ET
Where: Arco Arena, Sacramento, California
How: Watch live on Versus
Jens Pulver vs. Josh Grispi
Pulver is a fan favorite and former UFC lightweight champion, but he's 34 years old and has lost five of his last six fights, and if he falls to the 20-year-old Grispi, that might mean it's time for him to hang up the gloves. I think he's going to show he still has some gas left in the tank, though, and he'll beat Grispi by third-round TKO.
Donald Cerrone vs. James Krause
I've never seen Krause fight, and I'm very excited about getting a good look at him, as he's built up a 10-0 record and dominated all 10 of his opponents fighting on lower-level cards. But I expect Cerrone, a much more experienced fighter, to find some holes in Krause's game and win by submission in the second round.
Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson
Aldo is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt and a dynamic striker with a 14-1 record, and he's probably only one win away from fighting for the WEC featherweight title. I think he'll get that one win and be the next opponent for the Brown-Faber winner.
Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber
The anticipation for this fight has reached a fever pitch among MMA fans, and with good reason: Brown and Faber aren't just the two best featherweights in the world, they're two of the 10 best pound-for-pound fighters as well. Faber was a huge favorite to beat Brown the first time they fought, and some observers still view Brown's first-round TKO win as something of a fluke. But I believe Brown is the bigger, stronger, better fighter, and I think Brown will win again.