Welterweight Anthony Johnson has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Matt Brown on June 20th at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in Las Vegas after suffering a knee injury during training.
Johnson recently posted the news on his MySpace page:
NOT DOING WELL IM SORRY TO EVERY1 MY KNEE GOT JACKED UP TRAINING FOR MY FIGHT. NOT THE BEST OF TIMES BUT ILL MAKE IT AND COME BACK STRONGER. I ALWAYS DO!!!
Johnson (7-2), who was originally in talks to fight John Howard at the event before he backed out of the fight, is coming off of back-to-back victories over Kevin Burns and Luigi Fioravanti, via third-round knockout and first-round TKO respectively, and has won four of his six UFC fights.
Brown (9-7), a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 7, advanced to the quarterfinals of the reality series with wins over Josh Hall and Jeremy May before falling to eventual winner Amir Sadollah. “The Immortal” defeated Matt Arroyo at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale, but suffered a split decision loss to Dong Hyun Kim last September. He’s since rebounded with back-to-back victories over Ryan Thomas and Pete Sell.
The UFC is currently seeking a replacement for the 170-pound matchup and MMAFrenzy.com will pass along news on the bout as soon as it’s available.
(HT: Cage Potato)
[Pictured: Anthony Johnson]