Matt Brown officially avoids surgery, hoping to return in late spring/early summer

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Matt Brown will not need surgery on his injured back.

Brown's wife, Collen, informed MMAFighting.com of the news Monday. Brown tore two discs in his lower back last month, which forced him to pull out of his highly-anticipated fight against Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 9. Up until recently, there was still a chance that he would need to go under the knife, but that is no longer the case.

Brown met with a back specialist Monday who informed him he would not need surgery. He is currently undergoing physical therapy to heal the injury.

"The Immortal" has not been cleared to fully train just yet, but Brown's wife said the doctors are hopeful that will come in February. If all goes well, Brown should be able to return to action in late spring/early summer.

"If it's up to him, it'll be sooner," she said. "He's very restless. Can't wait to get back in there."

And who could blame him? Brown has won his last six in row in extremely impressive fashion after at losing four of five fights. His recent turnaround made him a favorite for 2013 Comeback Fighter of the year.

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