Matt Brown set the mixed martial arts (MMA) world on fire with his six-fight (and five finish) winning streak in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which was set to culminate in a marquee match-up against Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 9.
The idea of that bout still gives me chills.
Unfortunately, the tilt was scrapped when Brown was forced to withdraw due to herniating two discs in his lower back.
Time heals all wounds, according to a report on this week's UFC Tonight, as "The Immortal" has been cleared by his physical therapist to begin light training.
FOX Sports 1 correspondent Ariel Helwani spoke to Brown's wife this week, who added that if the initial training sessions go well, Brown will up the ante and resume his normal regimen. She also confirmed the eight-year veteran would be shooting for a spot on the newly announced card that marks the UFC's return to Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 10, 2014.
But against who?
With UFC set to go "in a different direction" with Condit, Brown has begun throwing around the name of Rory MacDonald, who disposed of Demian Maia in UFC 170's "Fight of the Night" earlier this month.
That could be a tough sell, however, being that MacDonald has already expressed his desire to fight the winner of UFC 171's main event of Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks.
With the return of Brown, UFC's welterweight division just got that much more interesting.