Matt Brown out of Dec. 14 UFC On FOX 9 event due to injury

One of the most highly anticipated fights for the remainder of

2013 has been scrapped after Matt Brown herniated two discs in his

back, forcing him out of his scheduled bout against Carlos Condit

at next weekend’s

href="http://www.ufc.com/event/FOX9?fight=Demetrious-Johnson-Joseph-Benavidez"

target="_blank">UFC On FOX: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 card.

The injury comes just seven days away from his scheduled bout

against Condit, which was a featured bout on the main card airing

live on FOX. Brown confirmed the injury

href="https://twitter.com/IamTheImmortal/status/409419867260211200"

target="_blank">via Twitter as well as independently to FOX

Sports on Saturday.

“Thanks for all the support guys. I regret to inform all that I

am out of the fight with Condit,” Brown wrote. “I herniated 2 discs

in my lower back this week.”

With Brown out and very little time until the fight card takes

place, the UFC has also pulled Condit from the show as well. Condit

will be rebooked for a future show, although it’s unknown at this

time when that will be or which opponent may face him upon his

return.

Brown’s injury pushes him out of the biggest opportunity the

former

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UFC career. A winner of six fights in a row, Brown surged into the

top ten of the division this year, but facing Condit would have

been a big step forward for the Ohio native with the former interim

champion currently ranked at No. 2 in the world behind Johny

Hendricks.

With Condit vs. Brown officially off the UFC On FOX card,

lightweights Joe Lauzon and Mac Danzig will now get the vacated

main card slot and open up the show on Saturday night.

The new bout order for UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 is as

follows:

MAIN CARD ON FOX:

MAIN EVENT FOR THE UFC FLYWEIGHT TITLE

Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez

CO-MAIN EVENT:

Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald

Chad Mendes vs. Nik Lentz

Joe Lauzon vs. Mac Danzig

PRELIMINARY CARD ON

FOX

SPORTS 1:

Court McGee vs. Ryan LaFlare

Danny Castillo vs. Edson Barboza

Bobby Green vs. Pat Healy

Scott Jorgensen vs. Zach Makovsky

Sam Stout vs. Cody McKenzie

Abel Trujillo vs. Roger Bowling

Darren Uyenoyama vs. Alptekin Ozkilic