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Mike Brown on UFC 133 Fight: 'I Need This One Bad'

Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown admits his decision to fight twice in January backfired on him.

At UFC 125 on Jan. 1, Brown suffered a loss to Diego Nunes and three days later accepted a fight against Rani Yahya at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 on Jan. 22.

"I thought it would have eased my mind and cut some of my problems down," Brown said Monday on The MMA Hour. "But I doubled my problems with that one."

In the span of three weeks, Brown, who ended up losing to Yahya via unanimous decision, had stringed together back-to-back UFC losses.

"I was so upset that I want another chance," Brown said. "And then I didn't really give myself the time to heal like I should have. I was still limping around for another week-and-a-half -- cause it was a 15-minute war we were in. It wasn't an easy fight that me and Nunes were in and I think I just got worn out."

There were teammates who didn't want him to take the fight, but that wouldn't stop him.

"They didn't want to tell me it was a bad idea," Brown said. "-- I'm talking specifically about Darrell Gholar, my wrestling coach. He thought I needed more time to heal up and be ready, but he saw that I was going to do it so he had to jump on board. But he really didn't want to do it."

With plenty of time to rethink his career, Brown made adjustments to his training. He now spars less and puts in time for strength and conditioning. In the past, Brown says, he would spar everyday and use that aspect of training for strength and conditioning.

As he heads into a must-win bout at Satuday's UFC 133 against Nam Phan, it'll be a little over six months since he last fought, and that for him, feels like an eternity.

"I'm going crazy, I can't wait to go in there and get the job done. I need this one bad. And I'm amped."

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