With the momentum of a six-fight winning streak, UFC welterweight Matt Brown is on the verge of title contention. Unfortunately, that will now have to wait. The surging Cincinnati native has sustained an injury that has forced him to withdraw from his upcoming scheduled bout.

As rumored, Brown is injured and has been forced out of his upcoming fight with Carlos Condit, which was scheduled to take place on Dec. 14 at UFC on Fox 9. The MMA Corner has independently confirmed Brown’s injury and withdrawal with sources close to the fighter’s camp. Brown hurt his back last week in training and sustained two slipped discs.

Brown is limited to no contact until Dec. 15 and is expected to required approximately three months of rehab for the injury.

Brown’s injury comes at an unfortunate time for the welterweight fighter. With a win over Condit, the 32-year-old could have positioned himself on the short list for a title shot. Brown earned the featured spot with a recent streak of six wins that included five stoppages via strikes. His wins came against Chris Cope, Stephen Thompson, Luis Ramos, Mike Swick, Jordan Mein and, most recently, Mike Pyle. The eight-year veteran brought his overall record to 18-11 with that streak and is enjoying the most success of his career.

There’s no word yet on whether a replacement can be found to fight Condit on such short notice.

UFC on Fox 9 takes place on Dec. 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., and was set to feature Brown’s fight with Condit on the main card. The event is headlined by a flyweight title rematch between champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Joseph Benavidez.

Photo: Matt Brown (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)