Whether or not Mike Thomas Brown retires following last night’s UFC 146. The former WEC Champion, who has had a hard time stringing together wins since coming back to the UFC, showed he can still be dangerous as he earned another victory, his 26th overall, taking out Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision.
Reports circulated after the event, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, that Brown would announce his retirement from MMA, although nothing has been officially announced as of yet.
Brown and Pineda battled in what arguably many thought would earn Fight of the Night honors in a back and forth match that saw everything fans could come to love in an MMA fight. Pineda hurt Brown early in the first round with a combination, but the former champion, always the warrior, showed his impressive wrestling, driving Pineda across the cage and dropping him with a nicely executed double leg.
The rest of the fight would only prove to get better.
Both fighters battled, throwing combinations, counters and nicely executed grappling techniques throughout the fight. The 3rd round saw Mike Brown drop Pineda with a brutal knee, and followed it up with ground and pound looking to secure the TKO victory. Pineda’s will was strong, as he fought back and was able to get the back of the former WEC champion. Brown would hold on to the end of the fight though and secure a 29-28 victory on all judges scorecards.
Both fighters were humble after the fight, praising one another through their twitter accounts and showing the respect both fighters earned from a well fought battle.
With the loss, Pineda falls to 17-8 in his professional career and suffers his first defeat inside the Octagon.