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THE SPORT’S TOP REPORTERS OFFER OPINIONS ON OUTCOME OF BIGGEST FIGHT IN WEC® HISTORY

CAN FABER RECLAIM THE 145-POUND TITLE?
WEC: BROWN vs. FABER II

Live From ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Sunday, June 7

How will the biggest fight in World Extreme Cagefighting® history play out? That is the question many fans across the world are pondering at this very moment. In anticipation of the historic rematch between champion Mike Brown (21-4) and challenger Urijah Faber (22-2), some of the nation’s top reporters gathered to offer their opinions on the June 7 bout.

Below are some of the thoughts on Brown vs. Faber II. Based on the commentary offered by outlets such as USA Today, Yahoo! Sports, and ESPN, it is clear that the Brown-Faber rematch has the potential to be one of the best fights of all-time.

Sergio Non, USA Today:
Prediction: Brown
It will be a much tougher, longer fight this time, but Brown has the tactical acumen to get past Faber's whirling dervish style and the strength to keep him grounded.

Mark LaMonica, Newsday
Prediction: Brown
I'm going with Mike Brown and I'll tell you why. He's the champ and he still has more to prove than Faber, in some people's eyes. So I'm thinking vindication prevails over redemption this time around.

Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports
Prediction: Faber by unanimous decision
Before the first fight, I said I felt people were underestimating Brown and weren't giving him enough of a shake against Faber. This time, I believe many are underestimating Urijah. It's a very close fight that could go either way. I expect a fast-paced fight with a lot of up-and-down action, but look for Faber to sneak out a decision and perhaps set up a decisive third bout between them.

Ariel Helwani, VERSUS.com
Prediction: Brown by TKO 2
Brown matches up very well with Faber, and I simply believe he has his number. We've seen this before in the fight game: Certain fighters just can't figure out a specific opponent. I believe that will prove to be the case again come June 7.

Ryan Hockensmith, ESPN.com
Prediction: Faber by TKO 2
Mike Brown is very good---the guy hasn’t lost since 2005. But there are only a few fighters on the planet as gifted as Faber. On occasion, guys this good get sloppy. That’s what happened in the first fight. And that’s what won’t happen again. Faber avenges the loss... And sets up a third fight.

Dave Doyle, Yahoo! Sports
Prediction: Faber by decision
These guys are so evenly matched that I’m going to take the easy way out and say that Faber rides the support of his hometown fans to gut out a victory. Brown took the first fight in American Top Team territory, so we’ll have to settle this with a third fight in neutral territory.

Carlos Arias, O.C. Register:
Prediction: Faber
Brown is extremely strong and powerful at 145 pounds, but Faber is one of the most creative fighters I've seen. I believe Faber will make the changes and adjustments necessary to win the rematch.

Dann Stupp, Dayton Daily News
Prediction: Brown by decision
It's a tough call, but I think Mike Brown defends his title at WEC 41. However, I don't think Urijah Faber makes it easy on him. I expect the rematch to last a lot longer than the first fight with the judges ultimately deciding the winner.

Todd Martin, CBS Sports
Prediction: Brown by TKO
In their first fight, Faber was having trouble with Brown's size and power before he got reckless with the spinning back elbow. He won't make that sort of mistake again, but I see Brown wearing Faber down with strikes and scoring a TKO victory later in the bout.

Tristen Critchfield, Albuquerque Journal
Prediction: Faber by unanimous decision
Faber will be extremely motivated to regain his spot as the top 145-pounder in the world. Fighting in his backyard, “The California Kid” should be able to do just that, but it won't be easy.

Michael David Smith, Fanhouse
Prediction: Brown by TKO 3
Mike Brown by third-round TKO. Brown is bigger and stronger than Faber, and he's a smart fighter who knows how to exploit that advantage. Faber will move around the cage and avoid a quick knockout like their first fight, but Brown will be too much for him to handle for 25 minutes.

Odeen Domingo, Arizona Republic
Prediction: Brown by TKO 2
Brown is the defending champ yet likely will come in as the underdog. A role he cherishes. His discipline and his stand-up game is the perfect counter to Faber's all-out, pocket-full-of-craziness style that has confounded others. But if the fast-twitch muscle that is Faber fights with more control and intelligence, it will give him the greater chance at winning his belt back.

About Brown vs. Faber II:
Arguably the biggest fight in WEC® history, Mike Brown (21-4) defends the featherweight crown against “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (22-2) on June 7 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA. The bout, deemed by many within the MMA community as one of the most important rematches to ever take place in MMA, comes after Brown took the title from Faber seven months ago.

Then considered to be a mega upset, Florida resident Brown stunned Faber with a first round knockout victory in November 2008. Since capturing the belt from Faber last year, Brown has made quite a name for himself in the sport, submitting Leonard Garcia in his first title defense in March.

Determined to get his title back, Sacramento’s Faber scored a convincing submission victory over Jens Pulver in January, his first fight since dropping the belt to Brown. Now gearing up for the return bout with the champion, the 30-year-old Faber is poised to prove that he is still the top 145-pound fighter in the world.

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