Brown and Out

Written by Tom Ngo
May 21st, 2009


After his The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale counterpart withdrew due to injury two days ago, UFC welterweight Matt Brown has also decided to pull the plug on the bout as he too has been hit by the injury bug.

“Everything worked out better for me, anyway,” Brown told MMAWeekly.com about Anthony Johnson not being able to make the June 20th scrap. “I was like, ‘that’s cool with me.’ The main thing is my wrist is pretty jacked up.”

Although Brown will be pulling back from training to take care of his minor “bumps and bruises,” he isn’t completely shutting it down with his Las Vegas training. However, he states that he won’t fully be healed for another 30-60 days.

In addition, just because Brown and Johnson aren’t good to go now doesn’t mean this MMA fight won’t happen somewhere down the line.

“Absolutely,” Brown said. “I’m not one of those guys who’s big on picking fights. I think Anthony’s a good exciting match-up that would have been a barnburner of a fight, so that’s always good motivation to fight someone.”

TJ Grant confirmed on his Facebook page yesterday that he has accepted a bout against Martin Kampmann as a replacement fight. However Kampmann’s manager, Ken Pavia, states that negotiations are still ongoing.

Word on the street is that facing Grant would do nothing for Kampmann’s welterweight status. If he is to make a legit run at the 170-pound crown, Kampmann would prefer opponents that could propel him into a 5Round title tilt.

Facing the little-known Grant wouldn’t get it done.

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