Former Champ Mike Brown Spared Cut, Recovering From Hand Surgery

End the speculation about Mike Brown.

The former WEC featherweight champion, the rumor of a potential cut after suffering his third loss in four fights during the recent UFC Fight for the Troops 2 event, will be given another opportunity to get back into the UFC win column.

American Top Team general manager Richie Guerriero confirmed to MMA Fighting that in the days since his unanimous decision loss to Rani Yahya, Brown has been told he would remain on the roster.

The decorated former 145-pound champ lost his belt to Jose Aldo in November 2009, and has since struggled to regain the form that made him one of the best featherweights in the world. After rebounding from his title loss with a submission win over Anthony Morrison, he suffered a first-round knockout loss at the hands of Manny Gamburyan before losing two of his next three. Altogether, the talented featherweight has lost four of his last six.

Because of that, his UFC future seemed murky after his most recent loss, but the decision to keep him was likely helped by the fact that Brown (24-8) had stepped up to fight Yahya on short notice, just three weeks after a split-decision loss to Diego Nunes at UFC 125. Yahya had been scheduled to face "the Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung, before Jung pulled out due to injury.

Earlier this week, the 35-year-old Brown had surgery to address a torn ligament in his left hand suffered in the first round of his fight, a procedure that will have him in recovery mode for a time. While working his way through rehab, at least he knows he has a job waiting for him when he gets healthy.

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