marcus-brimage-3.jpgWhen Marcus Brimage returns from an injury that will keep him down likely into 2014, he will do so in a new weight class.

Brimage (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is rehabbing an Achilles tendon injury, but when he comes back, he is planning to drop from featherweight to bantamweight.

Brimage’s manager, Lex McMahon, on Wednesday confirmed the plan to MMAjunkie.com after Brimage on Tuesday told Amy Barton of MMA DieHards’ Punch Drunk Radio of his decision to move down to 135 pounds.

“Marcus has started his rehab and is working with a team of doctors, therapists, coaches and nutritionists to make certain that he returns to the octagon as soon as possible and in the best shape possible,” McMahon told MMAjunkie.com. “Current estimates are for a nine-month recovery. Upon his return, Marcus will fight as a bantamweight.”

After appearing on Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Brimage started his official UFC career 3-0 at featherweight with decision wins over Stephen Bass, Maximo Blanco and Jimy Hettes.

But in April at UFC on FUEL TV 8 in Sweden, Brimage ran into the debuting Conor McGregor, who stopped him with a 67-second TKO, his first official loss since February 2008 in his third pro fight.

Brimage finally got his “Utlimate Fighter” break on “TUF 14.” After making the initials cuts for “TUF 8? and “TUF 9,” injuries derailed his shots of being in the reality competition. But he got onto the “TUF 14? cast and after winning his fight to get into the house, he was chosen to be part of Michael Bisping‘s team. In the quarterfinals, though, he was submitted by Bryan Caraway in the second round.

Caraway now fights at bantamweight, as well, and Brimage told Punch Drunk Radio he certainly would be interested in a fight against his former housemate when he returns.

Brimage started his career as a lightweight in 2007 and fought three times in less than a year. The injuries and “TUF” tryouts kept him out of official action for nearly two and a half years, but he returned from his first career loss with a TKO win before getting into the “TUF” house. He dropped to featherweight for the show, and now will drop 10 pounds more for the next phase of his career.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Hamburg Bout Nixed from Saturday’s Fight Card Due to Injury

  • 25 days ago
  • 16 views

One of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 93 preliminary bouts has been cancelled due to injury. read news >>

Invicta FC 19 Fight Card Finalized with Tiffany Van Soest Facing Kalyn Schwartz

  • 25 days ago
  • 17 views

Invicta Fighting Championships today announced the last match-up for Invicta FC 19, finalizing the eight-fight card. read news >>

The Evolution of Punk, Ep 3: Hurt (CM Punk Video)

  • 24 days ago
  • 41 views

After rehabbing a shoulder injury, CM Punk is eager to get back in the gym. Once he's cleared to train, Punk learns the name of his first opponent. read news >>

Bruno Pucci Happy to Bury 18-Month Injury Nightmare at ONE: Unbreakable Warriors

  • 23 days ago
  • 6 views

Brian Pucci looking to bury his 18-month injury nightmare with his second consecutive victory at Friday's ONE: Unbreakable Warriors. read news >>

Fabricio Werdum Reveals His Plan to Get the Title Back (UFC 203 Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 7 views

Former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum plans to get back to a title fight by defeating Travis Browne again at UFC 203 on Saturday. read news >>

UFC Statement on CB Dollaway

  • 15 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC announced that CB Dollaway has had to withdraw from his scheduled bout at UFC 203 due to an injury he suffered last night as a result of an elevator accident at a hotel in Cleveland. read news >>

Boxing Champion Facing Actual Prison Time for Doping Violation | FIGHTLAND

  • 9 days ago
  • 5 views

Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA There may be nothing more maddening for a devoted combat sports fan than learning that a fight has been called off or overturned because one of the competitors tested po read news >>

Gian Villante Injured, Off UFC New York Fight Card | MMAWeekly.com

  • 3 days ago
  • 5 views

Gian Villante has been forced off of the UFC 205 fight card due to injury. read news >>

Chris Eubank Jr. Relinquishes Title and Brags About Nick Blackwell Injury | FIGHTLAND

  • 2 days ago
  • 7 views

EPA Chris Eubank Jr. vacated his British middleweight title after suffering a “severe” elbow injury in a sparring session ahead of his defense against mandatory challenger Tommy Langford on 22 Octobe read news >>

Chris Eubank Jr. Relinquishes Title and Brags About Nick Blackwell Injury | FIGHTLAND

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

EPA Chris Eubank Jr. vacated his British middleweight title after suffering a “severe” elbow injury in a sparring session ahead of his defense against mandatory challenger Tommy Langford on 22 Octobe read news >>