Matt Brown has revealed that he nearly broke down in tears after he was forced to withdraw from his fight with Kelvin Gastelum at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Finale due to an ankle injury.
Brown officially pulled out of the bout, which was scheduled to be held on November 21, earlier this week after tearing a ligament in his ankle that will keep him sidelined for a few weeks.
Brown revealed that he was eager to fight, but was advised not to do so as there was a chance he would aggravate the injury and be out of action for a longer period of time.
"I tore a ligament in my ankle and had to pull out of the fight. I feel real bad I had to pull out of the fight. It was a tough decision," Brown told the Great MMA Debate podcast. "I actually didn't want to pull out, I was actually trying my best to stay in the fight, but pretty much everybody around me including the UFC doctor, the foot and ankle specialist that I saw that works for the (Denver) Broncos, the coaches, management, every single person told me to pull out.
"I wanted to stay in. I guess there's a point in time where you have to do what's smartest also."
This is only the second time in his career that Brown has been forced to withdraw from a fight, with the other occasion coming against Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 9 in December 2013, where he pulled out with a back injury.
However, Brown admitted that he was disappointed to be missing his upcoming fight, especially as he won his most recent bout against Tim Means via submission at UFC 189 in July.
"I literally almost shed a tear," Brown said. "I put a lot into this. I put my entire soul into every camp."