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.
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.