BREAKING: Matt Brown Injured | Fight with Condit Cancelled
Damn. On the heels of Tony Ferguson’s injury and subsequent withdrawal from UFC 223, many believed the worst was over. But, the MMA Gods have forsaken us all yet again. Per Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting just minutes ago, welterweight Matt Brown has torn his ACL. As a result, his UFC on FOX 29 matchup with former interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit, has been canceled.
Next week’s Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown fight is off, multiple sources confirm. Brown suffered a torn ACL. UFC trying to keep Condit on the Glendale, AZ card but no new opponent yet. Story coming to @MMAFighting shortly.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 3, 2018
Helwani reported that the UFC wants Condit to remain on the card, but it is unclear whether or not they will find a viable replacement. Matt Brown would have entered the fight with momentum, as he scored a hellacious KO victory over Diego Sanchez in his most recent bout.
Condit, on the other hand, has suffered a decline from his former championship glory. He has come up short in his past three fights, most recently losing on the scorecards in a lackluster UFC 219 outing against Neil Magny.
Many in the MMA community were highly anticipating this matchup. On a card loaded with talent and violence potential, Brown and Condit were poised to add to the stockpile. Both Condit and Brown are well-known for their striking prowess. In addition, both have combined for an absurd twenty-eight knockout wins.
With Brown injured, naturally, focus shifts to who should be tabbed to replace him. As Condit is ranked twelfth in the UFC welterweight rankings, a matchup with a perennial contender (and overall savage) Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone could make sense.
Although the matchup makes sense on paper, Cerrone and Condit are both teammates. As such, it might be less likely that the two throw down in Glendale. However, the matchup does make sense in virtually every other aspect.
Cerrone, ranked eleventh, is coming off a brutal knockout win over the ever-dangerous Yancy Meideros in February. Cerrone is always ready for a fight and has repeatedly served as the UFC’s go-to man in regards to filling a fight slot. A brawl between Cerrone and Condit would be sure to excite the fans and would offer tremendous action potential. In addition, Cerrone lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a state which neighbors Arizona.
With all of that considered, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to think that Cerrone could be called on to replace his former opponent at UFC on FOX 29.
If Cerrone deems a fight with his teammate unappealing or off-limits, two other names that could step in are Cerrone’s latest opponent, Yancy Meideros, and welterweight bruiser Mike Perry.
Meideros, while coming off of the KO loss, is still a viable threat. Prior to the Cerrone fight, he had defeated three straight, with all three wins coming by way of finish.
Of course, his UFC 218 fight with Alex Oliveira stands out as the finest, as a clear-cut Fight of the Year contender. He could match Matt Brown’s ability to bring the fight to Condit.
Mike Perry, similarly, is also coming off a loss. Perry has been almost shockingly active in his young UFC career, fighting seven times in two years. Recently, Perry has lost two straight.
But Perry, despite his on-and-off recent past, poses a danger to anyone in the welterweight division. His heavy hands and vicious style would more than compensate in a matchup with Condit.
In any case, an injury is always unfortunate news. MMA Today wishes Matt Brown all the best and hopes he recovers quickly and fully.
The UFC on FOX 29 card from Glendale, Arizona, now includes:
- Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje
- Carlos Condit vs. TBA
- Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori
- Michelle Waterson vs. Cortney Casey-Sanchez
- Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Tim Boetsch
- Wilson Reis vs. John Moraga
- Gilbert Burns vs. Dan Moret
- Brad Tavares vs. Krzysztof Jotko
- Yushin Okami vs. Dhiego Lima
- Shana Dobson vs. Lauren Mueller
- Arjan Bhullar vs. Adam Wieczorek
- Luke Sanders vs. Patrick Williams
- Matthew Lopez vs. Alejandro Perez
- Muslim Salikhov vs. Ricky Rainey
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