BREAKING: Matt Brown Out of UFC Fight Night in Vegas

Published 11/24/2021, 10:21 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 15: Matt Brown poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 15, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The UFC has scrapped one bout from the fight card of the UFC Fight Night event (UFC Vegas 44) in Las Vegas. This came after Matt Brown withdrew from his welterweight fight against Bryan Barberena.


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It is unclear whether Barberena will remain on the card. Hence, the event, which will be headlined by a much-anticipated bantamweight bout between Jose Aldo and Rob Font, will move forward with one bout less on its fight card.

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Recently, ‘The Immortal’ posted a series of tweets on his official Twitter account and revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Brown wrote, “Shi**y day today I tested positive for covid so my fight next weekend is off.”


“I was sick af over the weekend but feel better for the most part now. Lost smell today. Did a jog outside today and lungs burned some I thought maybe it was just the cold air, but maybe I’m still sick. I’ll get over it quickly and go from there.”

‘The Immortal’ recently recovered from a two-fight skid with a stunning win over Dhiego Lima in June. He also won the ‘Performance Of The Night’ bonus for his win. However, Brown will now have to wait for his next UFC appearance.

UFC Vegas 44 will take place inside the UFC Apex on December 4. The fight card reflects many amazing bouts. Here’s how the card looks after the change.

UFC Fight Night: Full Fight Card

Bantamweight bout: Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo

Lightweight bout: Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell

Welterweight bout: Jake Matthews vs. Jeremiah Wells

Lightweight bout: Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Claudio Puelles

Strawweight bout: Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Mallory Martin


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Middleweight bout: Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis

Bantamweight bout: Vince Morales vs. Louis Smolka

Light heavyweight bout: Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill

Flyweight bout: Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Manel Kape

Lightweight bout: Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos


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Welterweight bout: Mickey Gall vs. Alex Morono

Middleweight bout: Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorovic

Light heavyweight: William Knight vs. Alonzo Menifield


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Light heavyweight bout: Philipe Lins vs. Azamat Murzakanov

What are your thoughts on Matt Brown’s withdrawal from the fight? What do you think of UFC Vegas 44 fight card? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.