There's a change in the welterweight line-up for the upcoming UFC 123: "Rampage vs. Machida" pay-per-view in Auburn Hills as Brian Foster will be stepping in to face Matt Brown after Rory MacDonald was forced to bow out of the Nov. 20 contest due to a knee injury.
A source close to one of the fight camps alerted MMAmania.com to the change earlier today.
Brown (11-9) was unable to escape the crafty submission game of Chris Lytle, who secured the tap on the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 contestant at UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin" back in July.
It was Brown's second straight submission loss since stringing together three consecutive wins. Despite his ability to entertain fans with his balls-to-the-wall style, there has to be some sense of urgency in the "Immortal" camp based on the promotion's unfavorable treatment of fighters who drop three straight fights.
Like Brown, Foster (14-5) was also the victim of a "Lights Out" submission; however, the HIT Squad product was able to rebound at UFC Fight Night 22 by pounding out Forrest Petz to even his Octagon record at 2-2.
UFC 123 will be headlined by a light heavyweight match up of top contenders Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. And two guys you've probably never heard of, Matt Hughes and BJ "The Prodigy" Penn, will finally complete their welterweight trilogy.
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