Matt Brown tests positive for COVID-19, out from UFC on ESPN 31

Matt “The Immortal” Brown announced his removal from UFC on ESPN 31 after he tested positive for COVID-19. As of now, It’s unclear if his scheduled opponent Bryan Barberena will remain on the card. UFC on ESPN 31 takes place Saturday, Dec. 4 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+.

Brown has competed under the UFC banner since his debut at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale back in 2007. In his most recent four fights he went 3-1 including an impressive knockout against Dhiego Lima at UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Ige.

He states on his social media:

Shitty day today I tested positive for covid so my fight next weekend is off

— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) November 24, 2021

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

— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) November 24, 2021

UFC on ESPN 31 Updated Fight Card:

  • Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo
  • Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill
  • Jake Matthews vs. Jeremiah Wells
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Claudio Puelles
  • Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell
  • Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Mallory Martin
  • Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis
  • Bryan Barberena vs. TBA
  • Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Manel Kape
  • Vince Morales vs. Louis Smolka
  • Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Mickey Gall vs. Alex Morono
  • Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorovic

(Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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