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) vs. 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.
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 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.
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.
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