Matt Brown’s back will keep him from returning to the cage. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
An injury has forced welterweight veteran Matt Brown to withdraw from a planned showdown with Carlos Condit at UFC on Fox 9.
Brown announced the news on Saturday morning via Twitter, though no official statement has been made by the UFC.
“Thanks for the support guys,” Brown wrote. “I regret to inform [you] all that I am out of the fight with Condit. I herniated two discs in my lower back this week.”
UFC on Fox 9 takes place Dec. 14 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., and is headlined by a flyweight title rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. The show will also see bantamweight contenders Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald collide in a pivotal co-main event.
Brown, 32, was enjoying the most consistent stretch of his career prior to his injury. “The Immortal” would have ridden a six-fight winning streak into his clash with Condit, kicking off the run with four victories in 2012. Two more triumphs followed for Brown this year, as the eight-year pro stopped prospect Jordan Mein in April before doing the same to veteran Mike Pyle on Aug. 17.