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  1. Default Matt Brown pulls out of fight after Rumble injured, to heal nagging injuries

    With Anthony Johnson out of TUF 9 Finale, Matt Brown follows suit | MMAjunkie.com

    Just one day after Anthony Johnson (7-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was forced to bow out of his June 20 fight, original opponent Matt Brown (9-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has done the same.

    Sources close to the bout informed MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) that Brown has elected to rest and heal some nagging injuries rather than seek a replacement opponent.

    Both fighters have been removed from the UFC's official listing of The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, which airs live on Spike TV.

    Johnson suffered a knee injury in training and was forced to withdraw from the contest earlier in the week. While Brown was content to deal with his own injuries in the June bout, with the contract broken he was free to focus on healing the unspecified lingering concerns.

    No timetable was given for Brown's response, though the same sources indicated he would be open to facing Johnson at a later date.

    Even with the loss of the two talented young fighters, The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale is still stocked with proven fighters.

    MMAjunkie.com has also learned that while several sources are reporting a welterweight bout between Martin Kampmann (15-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and T.J. Grant (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is nearly a done deal for the The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, things may not be progressing as quickly as initially indicated.

    While multiple sources have confirmed to MMAjunkie.com that Grant – fresh from a win in his debut for the organization at UFC 97 – has verbally agreed to the contest, sources close to the event have indicated Kampmann is not necessarily keen on the bout and has not agreed to the contest at this time.

    The card, which takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, now includes:

    MAIN CARD

    * Lightweight finalist No. 1 vs. No. 2
    * Welterweight finalist No. 1 vs. No. 2
    * Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez
    * Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson

    PRELIMINARY CARD

    * Kevin Burns vs. Chris Lytle
    * Melvin Guillard vs. Gleison Tibau*
    * Mike Ciesnolevicz vs. Tomasz Drwal*
    * Brad Blackburn vs. Edgar Garcia*
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    Wouldn't wish injury on any fighter, but...God, please bump that Tibau vs. Guillard fight up to the main card. Or the Lytle versus Burns fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noise Chopped View Post
    Wouldn't wish injury on any fighter, but...God, please bump that Tibau vs. Guillard fight up to the main card. Or the Lytle versus Burns fight.
    They will probably only have those four scheduled for the live card. I can't remember a TUF finale where they scheduled five and I can't see either of those fights bumping the others off. I just hope there are some quick finishes so we can see those as well.

    Back on topic, good decision by Matt Brown and I'd like to see Brown and Johnson go at it when they're both close to 100% because somebody is getting knocked out.

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    I was looking forward to see Brown fight again, oh well. Guillard always makes for an exciting fight.

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    good move by matt. let them both heal and just reschedule the match

    anyone else think that tj grant is a step down for kampmann?
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    seems like everyone plus kampmann think that.

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    Thats good, Brown is going to have to be 100% to beat Anthony Johnson because that mans becoming quite a beast.

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    I see Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson being one of the best fights of the night! That fight has the chance as fight of the night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repenter View Post
    good move by matt. let them both heal and just reschedule the match

    anyone else think that tj grant is a step down for kampmann?
    I completely agree, that's probably why he's not too keen on the bout. He just beat Carlos Condit, he should have a fight with someone who has a little higher standing in the WW division. That being said I think Brown made a good decision. When him and Rumble do meet in the octagon it's going to be one hell of a fight and somebody is going to sleep.

    I also agree that I think Guillard is exciting despite his attitude at times. Flame me if you want but I've been a fan of his for awhile and I hope we get to see that fight.

    Burns and Lytle should be a slugfest too. Good card all around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repenter View Post
    good move by matt. let them both heal and just reschedule the match
    Agreed. I cannot wait to see this match. With that said, it will likely be worth the wait.

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