Affable UFC fighter Marcus Brimage appeared to be on a path towards Top 10 status after picking up wins in his first three Octagon appearances on the heels of a memorable stint as a member of the the Ultimate Fighter 14 cast. However, Conor McGregor put an end to his rapid ascension up the ranks with 67-second knockout of Brimage in April, and, as it turns out, an end to the comical competitor’s run at 145 pounds as well.

According to Brimage’s manager, the 28-year old currently has his sights set on the bantamweight division. Brimage recently tore his Achilles tendon while training and will use the time off to get his 5’4” physique in order for the move.

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

Brimage is 6-2 in his career with notable wins over Maximo Blanco and Jimy Hettes.