- BROWN INJURED, STILL OPEN TO JOHNSON FIGHT

May 20, 2009
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by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
UFC welterweight Matt Brown was scheduled to face Anthony Johnson at the season nine finale of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but it wasn’t under the best of circumstances.

“Bumps and bruises” hampered Brown’s preparation for the June 20 fight, and when news came that Johnson had withdrawn from the bout with a knee injury, it was a relief.

“Everything worked out better for me, anyway,” Brown told MMAWeekly.com. “I was like, ‘that’s cool with me.’ The main thing is my wrist is pretty jacked up.”

The season seven contestant of “The Ultimate Fighter” says he should be 100-percent in 30 to 60 days, and is still training in Las Vegas.

Though he welcomes another opportunity to face Johnson, he doesn’t have too much stake in his next opponent, and says his managers will alert him on his next fight.

Facing Johnson, though, would have been a good fight.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I’m not one of those guys who’s big on picking fights. I think Anthony’s a good exciting match-up that would have been a barnburner of a fight, so that’s always good motivation to fight someone.”

Meanwhile, a replacement fight between Martin Kampmann and T.J. Grant has been rumored, although a source close to negotiations said it was not going to happen.

Check back on MMAWeekly.com for updates on the situation as they become available.

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