It appears that former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown has called an end to his career as a prizefighter, instead opting for the life of an MMA coach.
Brown has not fought since August 2013, but was scheduled to fight in April 2014 before having to pull out of the bout due to an injury.
Since then he has not been scheduled for anymore bouts, and it doesn’t sound like he has any plans on pursuing one.
“I don’t think (I’ll fight again),” Brown told MMAjunkie Radio (transcription via MMAjunkie). “I’m happy with my coaching job. I’m happy with what I do. I do miss it – I would love to fight again. But it would take me away from coaching, and I’m so committed to that now. I’m so busy. It’s just one fight after another, after another.
“Something would have to be neglected, and at that point it would be coaching. So I really don’t have time to do it right now – although there are parts that I do miss, and there are parts that I really love, and parts that I don’t miss, also. I would love to fight again, of course, but I don’t see that ever happening again.”
Brown is a member of the coaching staff for South Florida’s American Top Team.
Either way, Brown does not see himself fitting in the current landscape of MMA and what it has become over the years.
“It’s interesting the direction the sport is going,” Brown said. “It’s turning more entertainment than it is sport. I have mixed feelings on that. When I was younger, too, I kind of didn’t get it that much. I kind of thought as myself as a, ‘Hey, I’m a fighter. I’m going to fight and do my best and win. When you’re the promoter, you promote the fight. My job is to fight and win.’
“I didn’t probably promote myself as much as I should’ve. But I get it now. I guess I didn’t always get that, but I see how important it is. You see what McGregor has done, and nobody does it as well as he does. It just makes you realize how important that type of thing is. It’s not necessarily if you’re the best fighter, but how many tickets and pay-per-views you’re selling.”
If this is Brown’s end, he goes out with a career record of 26-9 over a 12-year career.