UFC On Fox 9: Pat Healy vs Bobby Green, Court McGee vs Ryan LaFlare re-complete injured fight card

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Whew! Last-minute injuries have certainly taken their toll on UFC on Fox 9 the past few days. The good news is that today the promotion named the replacements for the unhealthy Jamie Varner and Kelvin Gastelum.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hit a few recent snags in regard to its strong UFC on Fox 9, which is set to go down at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Dec. 14, 2014.

Indeed, the network television mixed martial arts (MMA) special has been handicapped with injuries, including its Lightweight main event between Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson that had to be postponed until 2014 because "Showtime" tweaked his knee in training.

More recently, the 155-pound showdown between Jamie Varner vs. Pat Healy was shelved because the former fighter suffered a rotator cuff tear. Meanwhile, the Welterweight scrap between The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winners (from different seasons) Kelvin Gastelum vs. Court McGee is no more either because of a torn PCL ligament.

With the event just one month away, UFC had to scurry, combing the MMA universe for apt and able replacements for two of the three aforementioned bouts. And the world's leading MMA promotions today found its men, Bobby Green and Ryan LaFlare.

Therefore, the new slate of fights now reads: Bobby Green vs. Pat Healy and Court McGee vs. Ryan LaFlare, according to a UFC official.

Green and LaFlare have competed in the last week or so, with "King" getting the least amount of work thanks to a borderline low-blow that put down James Krause at UFC Fight Night 31. LaFlare, meanwhile, put forth a terrific and well-rounded performance that resulted in a unanimous decision victory over Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 32 in Goiania, Brazil, this past weekend.

Look for both to try and parlay their victories with another to close-out the 2013 combat sports season on high notes.

UFC on FOX 9 will be headlined by a 125-pound title fight that pits UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson against No. 1-ranked division contender Joseph Benavidez.

That's not all.

The co-main event will feature former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber in his quest to get back into the 135-pound title hunt at the expense of fellow Bantamweight stalwart Michael McDonald.

If that doesn't tickle your fancy, Matt Brown will try to prove he's immortal against Welterweight warrior Carlos Condit.

To check out the latest UFC on Fox 9 fight card and rumors, which includes the recent line up switches, click here.

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