Forrest Petz (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will be replacing Jeff Joslin on the April 5th UFC Fight Night 9 card. Joslin was forced to withdraw due to injury. Petz will face Kuniyoshi Hironaka (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) according to Sherdog.com.
Petz began his MMA career in January 2002 and made his UFC debut at Fight Night 6 in August. Winning his debut fight against Sam Morgan via unanimous decision Petz next faced Marcus Davis at Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3. Petz lost late in the first round of his second UFC bout via submission.
Petz’s opponent talked about the change with Sherdog.com:
“Hironaka elated some excitement in the switch from the very well-rounded Joslin to the striking-oriented Petz, saying that he was excited to have an opponent who would definitely rather strike with him, and that he hoped to show off his own striking abilities in the cage.”
From the sounds of things and these fighters’ history it looks like both with be aiming for a knockout when they step into the octagon.
Here is the now completed fight card barring any further injuries:
Joe Stevenson vs. Melvin Guillard
Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima
Antoni Hardonk vs. Justin McCully
Drew Fickett vs. Keita Nakamura
Wander Braga vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Forrest Petz
Wilson Gouveia vs. Seth Petruzelli
Naoyuki Kotani vs. Thiago Tavares
Roan Carneiro vs. Rich Clementi