UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown was scheduled to face former interim champion Carlos Condit on this weekend’s UFC on Fox 9 fight card in Sacramento, Calif., but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injured back.
“Thanks for the support guys. I regret to inform all that I am out of the fight with Condit. I herniated 2 discs in my lower back this week,” he wrote on Twitter on Dec. 7.
The fighter’s wife informed UFC Tonight that Brown (18-11) likely will not require surgery for the injury.
Condit (29-7) released a statement on Dec. 8 expressing his disappointment that the bout was off.
“I was greatly disappointed to hear of Matt Brown’s injury,” Condit said in a statement. “This was a fight that I was looking forward to immensely, and I know it was a fight the fans have been excited to see. When the fight does happen, I promise that the wait will be worth it.
“Right now I’m going to spend time with my family over the holidays, and hope that Matt heals up quickly so that we can reschedule this fight soon.”
Condit is expected to compete on the UFC 170 fight card. If Brown is healthy and able to fight, the match-up could be rescheduled for the Feb. 22 event. If Brown is unable to return at that time, Condit will face a different opponent.
It remains unclear how long Brown will be out of action.