In some highly unfortunate injury news, FoxSports.com reports that Matt Brown has been forced out of a main event bout with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 78 later this month in Monterrey, Mexico.
Per the report, Brown suffered an ankle injury in training that won’t allow him to compete on the Nov. 21 card. The UFC hasn’t officially announced the loss of that fight, but Brown himself confirmed the report on Twitter.
The UFC is expected to be looking for a replacement, which will bring Gastelum back to the welterweight division, and to Mexico once again for the third time in his last four fights. The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner was forced up to middleweight in his most recent outing due to weight-cutting issues, but after handling Nate Marquardt with relative ease, he’s gotten the OK to drop back down to 170 lbs.
Airing live on Fox Sports 1, the Nov. 21 card is the UFC’s first trip to Monterrey, and will play host to the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2,” a season in which Gastelum has also served as coach opposite Efrain Escudero.