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Mike Brown, a former state wrestling champion at Bonny Eagle High, long ago found his niche in mixed martial arts, growing with the sport as it gained popularity.
The Associated Press
Mike Brown, right, will be fighting in New England for the first time in nine years when he takes on Steven Siler during a UFC card in Boston on Aug. 17.
BACK IN THE UFC
WHO: Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler
WHEN: Aug. 17
WHERE: TD Bank Garden
As Brown's career was spiraling upward, one of his favorite sayings was, "We're doing it. We're doing it," Fenton said.
Fenton said his friend is still driving "a crappy Ford Focus" that smells of gym sweat and that Brown's Florida home is often used as a rent-free flophouse for fledgling fighters new to the American Top Team gym. Where other fighters often resell their allotment of tickets at raised prices with the cost of a T-shirt added on, Brown complains he can't get his friends free seats and gives his T-shirts away.
"He's done very well for himself. He's just a very frugal guy. He's a Mainer and that's a part of Mike that we love," Fenton said.
Since the WEC-UFC merger, injuries and losses in his first two UFC fights stalled Brown's career.
But consecutive wins has Brown thinking positively. He knows another title shot is probably not in his future "but that's always what you strive for, what drives you. You always set goals and right now I just want to put a streak together. I've won two straight and I want to make it three. Then make new goals."
As both the upcoming fight and the inevitable end of a long career get closer, Fenton said Brown has tweaked his favorite saying.
"Now he's saying, 'We're still doing it. We're still doing it.' "
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Mike Brown, right, will be fighting next month for the first time since defeating Daniel Pineda, left, in a three-round decision in Las Vegas in May 2012.