TUF 14 vet Marcus Brimage has suffered a significant setback, as the 28 year-old featherweight has reportedly incurred an Achilles tendon injury that will require surgery. According to a report from MMA Fighting.com, Brimage injured himself while training on Wednesday, and on Thursday his manager Lex McMahon relayed the following:
“Marcus will undergo surgery next week and will immediately begin rehab,” McMahon said. “Marcus sought out several opinions from well-respected experts and based on the information available, Marcus is confident that he has chosen the right doctor and course treatment to ensure that he returns to the Octagon as quickly as possible.”
McMahon also noted that “Marcus wants to thank his fans for their love and support and he promises he will return with a vengeance.” Brimage is expected to be out for between six to nine months as a result of the surgery.
Brimage is coming off a first round, stoppage loss versus rising featherweight Conor McGregor at UFC on FUEL TV 9 last month. Prior to the defeat, Brimage had been steadily working his way up the UFC ranks by scoring wins over Stephen Bass, Maximo Blanco and Jim Hettes in the Octagon.
The American Top Team fighter, who is 4-1 in his last five bouts, was not booked for any upcoming bout.
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