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Anthony Johnson Pulls Out of TUF 9 Finale With Injured Knee


(Photo courtesy of about.com.)

Bummer of the day, you guys: The welterweight scrap between Anthony Johnson and Matt Brown — which was scheduled to lead off the televised card of the TUF 9 finale (June 20th, Las Vegas) — won’t be happening. The following message was recently posted on Rumble’s 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!!!



Well ain’t this some lime juice in the tobacco. Johnson/Brown had "Fight of the Night" written all over it. Most likely, the other scheduled welterweight matchup between Chris Lytle and Kevin Burns will be promoted to the main card, which is a small consolation — though if Lytle loses, he would tie Tank Abbott‘s record for most losses in the UFC (10), so I guess that would be kind of historic. Minus Johnson vs. Brown, the TUF 9 finale lineup looks like this:

MAIN CARD
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida
Welterweight TUF finalist vs. welterweight TUF finalist (TBA. Early prediction: Damarques Johnson vs. David Faulkner)
Lightweight TUF finalist vs. lightweight TUF finalist (TBA. Early prediction: Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner)
Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson
Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns

UNDERCARD (none of these fights are currently listed on UFC.com)
Tomasz Drwal vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz
Melvin Guillard vs.Thiago Tavares Guillard vs. Gleison Tibau
Brad Blackburn vs. Edgar Garcia
Other matches between TUF 9 castmembers (TBA)

If Matt Brown gets a replacement opponent for the card, we’ll let you know.

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just some dong- May 20, 2009 at 9:49 am
good call, classic. Condit needs another fight ASAP; he needs a win in the UFC. Not saying a fight against MB would be a lock for him, but it'd be a hell of a good scrap.

too bad about AJ but of course something had to go wrong with a free card that's this stacked. It's still a very good main event for a TUF finale, tho.
classicwater- May 20, 2009 at 2:05 am
Dude....

Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit

c'mon...
numbnuts- May 19, 2009 at 6:50 pm
That sucks I hope they replace him with a worthy opponent. Hopefully a good striker I wouldn't mind seeing MB vs Mike Schwick someday.
Jay Smith- May 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm
When Rumble gets back, I don't see him losing for a while. I think he'll get a title shot in the next year; year and a half.
Dante- May 19, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Man, this match was tough. I'm glad I don't have to make a decision, but bummed I can't see it.
Shotzy1313- May 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm
THIS SUCKS,

At least find Matt Brown a replacement... Ive been looking forward to his next fight, more then most of the up comming PPV's, since he layed down that ass whooping on Pete Sell.

Now all the next events seem to be booked...

FIND MATT BROWN A REPLACEMENT!!!
Walrus- May 19, 2009 at 1:35 pm
That's too bad.

I always like seeing Matt Brown fight.
peacexxl- May 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm
So why is Pokey Burns still on the card? Thought his purpose in life was now to be Rumble's undercard bitch.
greenseed- May 19, 2009 at 10:08 am
FUCKING SON OF A B
that sucks balls and assholes
i was stoked for this 1
IronClad- May 19, 2009 at 9:52 am
@ Richard Tucker

hahaha i think so.

What a bust about Johnson/Brown. That was going to be amazing. I cant believe Guillard is finally back. Hes a crazy bastard with some issues but that guy is way fun to watch. Hope that fight happens
TheRealKadumel- May 19, 2009 at 8:51 am
Yes I can't wait to see Diaz fight. You know I love me some Diaz brothers.
molky brothers- May 19, 2009 at 8:48 am
Oh man, I was looking forward to that fight more than Guida vs. Sanchez. Oh well, at least I get to see Diaz destroy Stevenson.
Dakyn- May 19, 2009 at 8:29 am
I know the Team UK finalists but won't say nothing due to spoilers... damnit i'm itching to mention them now :S
j69- May 19, 2009 at 8:13 am
The predicted lightweight finalists are both English. Do they know something we dont?
UFC fan- May 19, 2009 at 8:04 am
damn shame, "rumble" is a really good up and coming fighter, hes on my watch list for damn sure.
mayhem- May 19, 2009 at 8:00 am
@NECROPHYTE - Rich was very under rated and I was sad to see the UFC cut him.
I think he is much better than half of the guys they keep around from TUF.
As for the Matt Brown/Rumble fight... that sucks... I was looking forward to that one. Now the card is not as exciting now. Oh well at least we still have....
Melvin Guillard vs.Thiago Tavares lol
LockDown- May 19, 2009 at 7:55 am
FYI, Thiago Tavares was brushed from the card. Tibau will be his replacement.
NECROPHYTE- May 19, 2009 at 7:53 am
Thanx, I always thought Rich was a good fighter.
ben- May 19, 2009 at 7:40 am
 @ NECROPHYTE:Yep, via 2nd round rear-naked choke at UFC 76.
Dapper- May 19, 2009 at 7:38 am
That's some nice penmanship Mr. Rumble. I think it would have been a great fight but Matt would have lost. Hopefully Joe Silva can come up with a good replacement.
NECROPHYTE- May 19, 2009 at 7:36 am
Hey did Rich Clemente win that fight against Rumble?
Richard Tucker- May 19, 2009 at 7:35 am
Does CAPS LOCK HAL update Rumble's MySpace page?
Wrldchmpnabrvtr- May 19, 2009 at 7:33 am
Well that sucks.
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