The UFC has been forced to do more fight shuffling due to injuries for next month’s UFC on FOX 9 event. Lightweight Bobby Green has been added to the Dec. 14 event in Sacramento as he will now battle Pat Healy. The latter’s original opponent, Jamie Varner, was forced to withdraw after suffering a torn rotator cuff during sparring.
It’s a very quick turnaround for Green who was just in action last week at the Fight for the Troops 3 event in Kentucky. “King” scored a controversial first round TKO victory over James Krause. After receiving a pair of warnings for kicks that strayed low against Krause, Green landed another very borderline kick that sent Krause to the canvas in agony. Referee John McCarthy ruled that it was a clean strike and Green was declared the winner. Krause argued he was the victim of another low blow.
UFC President Dana White agreed with “Big John” believing a clean body kick ended the fight. Opportunity knocks for Green as he gets thrown right back into the Octagon against a quality opponent. He will be looking to make it three-straight victories since joining the UFC.
Like Green, Healy is a fellow Strikeforce veteran. “Bam Bam” will be looking to get back into the win column after being dominated by Khabib Nurmagomedov in losing a unanimous decision at UFC 165. It was not the type of effort that Healy was looking for, after his impressive submission win over Jim Miller at UFC 159 was changed to a no-contest because of a positive test for marijuana.
Earlier in the week, a new main event for the card was announced. A flyweight title rematch between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Joseph Benavidez is now the featured headliner in Sacramento after lightweight champion Anthony Pettis pulled out of his title fight against Josh Thomson because of a knee injury.
Rick Lafitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.