UFC welterweight Matt Brown won’t require back surgery after being forced to pull out of last month’s highly anticipated matchup against Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 9. “The Immortal” was forced out of the bout against the no. 2 ranked Condit because of herniated discs in his back. In the changing 170-pound landscape since longtime champion Georges St. Pierre vacated his title, the organization has been quick to set a number of key welterweight matchups, including Condit tangling with Tyron Woodley.
Not getting the Condit showdown due to an injury had to be extremely disappointing for the no. 8 ranked Brown, who has revived his career with six consecutive victories. Hopefully he doesn’t end up getting lost in the shuffle. Brown is hoping to be able to resume training next month with his eyes set on a late spring or summer return. By the time that happens, there will be a new champion in place as Johny Hendricks is set to battle Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 in Dallas on March 15.
Brown has dealt with adversity before, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t return as strong as ever. It’s hard to imagine that there was actually a point where Brown was on the chopping block sitting a very pedestrian record of 12-11. Since a loss at UFC 139 to Seth Baczynski, Brown has been unstoppable with six straight victories, including five by way of finish. His most recent demolition job came against Mike Pyle at Fight Night 26 when he finished the veteran in just 29 seconds.
There is no good time for an injury to happen for a professional athlete, but in Brown’s case, the back injury couldn’t have come at a worse time as it derailed the highest-profile fight of his career. Brown has shown a lot of intestinal fortitude during what’s been at times a rocky road in the UFC, and this is the time for him to get the fights that he deserves.
Hopefully when he’s ready to return, matchmakers will give him another high-profile opportunity to allow him to try and continue an impressive and unexpected run up the welterweight ladder. With 16 finishes in his 18 career victories, Brown has shown himself to be amongst the most dangerous 170-pound fighters in the UFC.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports