Matt Brown has been on a tear in the UFC recently. After stringing together six straight victories, Brown was set to face off against former interim Welterweight champion, Carlos Condit, at UFC on FOX 9. Unfortunately, Brown tore two discs in his lower back just a week before the fight, forcing him to withdraw from the bout.
Today, reports surfaced that Brown will not need surgery on his back, and he plans to return to training in the next month or so. Brown’s wife, Colleen Brown, spoke with MMAFighting, and told them that her husband met with a specialist this week who informed him that surgery would not be necessary. Brown is currently rehabbing his back injury, and could possibly return to the Octagon in May or June.
With the UFC’s Welterweight division left wide open since GSP’s leave of absence, one more win for Brown could very well give him a shot at the title. At UFC 171, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will fight for the vacated title in a bout that Brown will be paying very close attention to. The co-main event is also very integral for the division, as Carlos Condit takes on rising prospect, Tyron Woodley. Expect Matt Brown to face off against one of the men mentioned above later this year.