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UFC 136: Nam Phan vs Matt Grice booked for Oct. 8 in Houston with Josh Grispi hurt

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Photo via Sherdog
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Looks like "The Fluke" will have to try to prove he's anything but that on another day.

That's because Josh Grispi won't be ready to scrap with by Oct. 8 against his scheduled opponent Matt Grice. The two were supposed to lock 'em up featherweight action at UFC 136 in Houston, Texas.

A replacement was quickly found, though, in the form of UFC 133 loser Nam Phan, who dropped a decision to Mike Brown on the Facebook streamed portion of the preliminary card this past Aug. 6 in Philadelphia.

The promotion announced the change in plans earlier today on its Twitter.

Phan is now 0 for 2 inside the Octagon since failing in his bid to win The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12. Sure both of them were close decisions, one of which was labeled such a blatant robbery UFC President Dana White treated it as a win, but this is a results driven business.

He'll get the chance to rebound against a struggling Midwesterner.

Matt Grice has found nothing but struggles inside the Octagon.

His first stint with the promotion, from April 2007 to July 2009, resulted in a 1-3 record and a quick exit back to the regional scene. After four straight wins he was given another chance and made his featherweight debut at UFC on Versus 4, promptly losing by technical knockout in the first round.

In fact, "The Real One" is 12-0 outside the world's largest fight promotion. Time to get real inside it.

UFC 136 quickly went from barren and potentially boring to a stacked, must-see pay-per-view event. The card will be headlined by the third and final fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard with Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian occupying the co-main event slot.

If that's not enough for you, a veritable number one middleweight contender bout pitting a returning Chael Sonnen against "All American" Brian Stann is also going down in "Space City."

And to top it all off, the list of incredible match-ups booked for the card include Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago, Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens.

For all the latest news and notes -- and there are plenty -- for UFC 136 be sure to check out our event archive right here.