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Friday, 06/28/2013, 10:31 am

Marcus Brimage Plans Drop to Bantamweight in 2014

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| Big news regarding the future of UFC featherweight and TUF 14 alum Marcus Brimage hit the news circuit today. Brimage, who started out his career in the octagon at 3-0 in the UFC before dropping his first octagon loss in Sweden this past April to Conor McGregor in just under 70 seconds, has been battling the injury bug as of late and is more than likely not going to be able to compete for the remainder of the year. Brimage (8-2) is currently healing up from an achilles injury but has big plans upon his return. Brimage’s manager, Lex McMahon, spoke to MMA Junkie yesterday and discussed Marcus’ achilles injury as well as his plan to drop to 135 lbs next year. Here is an excerpt from that interview:

“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 explained. “Current estimates are for a nine-month recovery. Upon his return, Marcus will fight as a bantamweight.”

Brimage is only 5’4 and is probably best suited to fight at bantamweight. Marcus has competed against bigger men his entire career (lightweight and featherweight) and the drop to bantamweight may show us the best Marcus Brimage we’ve ever seen. So what do you think, Penn Nation? Does a drop to bantamweight make Brimage a threat to the crown or any of the contenders in the division? Let’s hear some feedback, fight fans!

We wish Marcus a speedy and healthy recovery as he rehabs his achilles tendon and we look forward to seeing him back in the octagon in early 2014.

-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

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