The UFC on FOX 9 fight card has been hit with injury yet again as TUF 17 champion Kelvin Gastelum has been knocked off the card with a knee injury. The UFC has already found a replacement however, as Ryan LaFlare will face off with Court McGee this December. UFC officials announced the pairing on Tuesday.
LaFlare takes the bout on short notice following his victory over Santiago Ponzinibbio this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 32. LaFlare seems to be making up for lost time by booking in his fourth bout in his first year back a year and a half layoff due to injury. LaFlare will look to make it 4-0 (3-0 UFC) in 2013 when he takes on Court McGee.
UFC on FOX 9 will take place in Sacramento, California on December 19 and will be headlined by a UFC flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. The night’s co-main event will see bantamweights Michael McDonald and Urijah Faber face off in a crucial bout in the bantamweight division.
The FOX network event will take place at the Sleep Train Arena (formerly the ARCO Arena), with prelims airing via FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.
UFC on FOX 9 Fight Card:
Main Card (FOX 8PM ET)
- UFC Flyweight Title Fight: Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Joe Benavidez
- Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
- Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit
- Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1, Facebook)
- Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon
- John Dodson vs. Scott Jorgensen
- Pat Healy vs. Bobby Green
- Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo
- Ryan LaFlare vs. Court McGee
- John Moraga vs. Darren Uyenoyama
- Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo
- Cody McKenzie vs. Sam Stout