Former world champion Urijah Faber is looking to end his legendary career in storybook fashion, Saturday, when he fights at home in Sacramento at UFC on FOX 22 before retiring. American Top Team's Brad Pickett will be looking to play spoiler and send Faber into retirement on a loss.
On that mission, Pickett has a particularly helpful asset in his corner - coach Mike Brown. Brown was the man to end Faber's featherweight world-title reign, in 2008, and beat "The California Kid" for a second time in 2009.
Brown himself retired in 2013, but has gone on to become one of the most active and best MMA coaches in the world. On Saturday alone, he'll be in the corners of Pickett, Colby Covington, and Cole Miller.
Brown admits that his first-hand knowledge of #UrijahFaber is an advantage for #BradPickett, but emphasizes that if "One Punch" picks up the big win against the hometown hero this weekend, he'll be doing it on the back of years of work.
"I think [my having fought Faber] helps," Brown recently told The Extra Rounds podcast.
"Brad's style is very similar to mine, but this is an accumulation of years and years of techniques and ability and it's all coming down to this fight. He's been training for several years and really has a solid, well-rounded game and a lot of tricks that people have seen and a lot of stuff that he shows in the room that people aren't even aware of."
Brown knows that Pickett is capable of doing even more than fans have seen from him in his eight UFC and WEC wins. "He's got a lot of tools that people haven't seen, and he can surprise people with other stuff," Brown promised.
"I look forward to the fight, man, and I expect Brad to come out on top. Hopefully we're going to bring home three wins on a big night."