As one of the last breed of fighters who took up mixed martial arts not as a career, but for the love of the sport, Mike Brown has pretty much seen it all in his 13 years in and around the fight game. And while some might be a tad bitter about their days fighting for peanuts on the local circuits while youngsters with a handful of pro fights get national television exposure, Brown holds no such grudges.
“When I started fighting, there was no money, and it’s finally starting to evolve into something where you can make it a career,” he said. “Before, everybody did it for fun, especially the lighter guys. I was doing it for fun the whole time.”
And he still is. Even though the Maine native has reached the point where MMA is a career, there’s still that sense that for him, this is more than just a job. In fact, he doesn’t even see it as such.