Mike Thomas Brown Replaces Sean Soriano, Faces Estevan Payan at UFC on Fox 11

By: Mike Whitman
Feb 26, 2014
Mike Thomas Brown is looking to bounce back from a 50-second knockout. | Sherdog.com

Former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Mike Thomas Brown will step in for an injured Sean Soriano to face Estevan Payan at UFC on Fox 11.

Ultimate Fighting Championship officials Wednesday announced the change. UFC on Fox 11 takes place April 19 at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and is headlined by a heavyweight title eliminator between Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum.

Brown, 38, last competed on Aug. 17, when Steven Siler snapped his two-fight winning streak in a 50-second knockout. Prior to that UFC Fight Night 26 defeat, Brown posted consecutive victories over Nam Phan and Daniel Pineda, scoring a unanimous decision over Phan in 2011 before doing the same to the former Legacy Fighting Championship titlist the following year.

Payan, 31, had not lost since 2009 prior to his meeting with Jeremy Stephens last May. Another setback would then follow for “El Terrible,” who suffered a third-round technical knockout to Robbie Peralta in a hard-fought UFC 168 confrontation.

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