UFC welterweight Matt Brown will no longer be fighting in Monterrey, Mexico this month after suffering an ankle injury that has forced him to withdraw, FOX Sports reports.
“The Immortal” was scheduled to face fellow top-15 welterweight Kelvin Gastelum at the Monterrey Arena at UFC Fight Night 78 on Nov. 21. The two were slated to go five rounds.
Brown tweeted out shortly after the original story to confirm the injury.
“Sorry to confirm the truth here,” Brown wrote. “I apologize to [Kelvin Gastelum] and hope the best for him.
Brown last fought at UFC 189 against Tim Means, submitting his opponent 16 seconds before the end of the first round. It was his first victory since May 2014. He’d lost consecutive contests to current UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and ex-champion Johny Hendricks before the victory over Means.
The UFC has yet to state on whether they’ll look to find a late replacement for Gastelum to face in three weeks. The TUF 17 winner has a pretty good idea of who he’d like to face, though.
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 3, 2015
Gastelum faced Woodley at UFC 183 in January, losing a split decision. It was the first loss of his professional career, and was also the last time he’d attempted to make the welterweight limit.
Ranked second in the division and already “promised” a shot at the title, facing Gastelum once more may not make much business sense for “The Chosen One.” He was scheduled to face former champion Hendricks at UFC 192 but saw his fight canceled last minute due to a strenuous weight cut for “Bigg Rigg.”