- Shortly after it was announced that Jamie Varner and Kelvin Gastelum would be forced off of the UFC on FOX 9 fight card with injuries, the UFC has announced their replacements.
Bobby Green announced via Facebook that he will be stepping in for Varner against Pat Healy. Green just fought at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 last Wednesday, earning a controversial win over James Krause brought about by low blows. Varner has revealed that he tore his rotator cuff and is out for at least six weeks.
The UFC revealed that Gastelum will be replaced against Court McGee by Ryan LaFlare. LaFlare fought even more recently than Green, having competed on Saturday night's UFC Fight Night 32 card. LaFlare picked up a unanimous decision win over Santiago Ponzinibbio.
UFC on FOX 9 will take place on December 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
- Retired welterweight Nick Diaz recently spoke with FightersOnly to refute rumors that he turned down a comeback fight. UFC president Dana White said over the weekend that Diaz was offered a fight and that his management turned it down. Diaz explained to FightersOnly that, following a subpar training camp prior to his bout with Georges St-Pierre, he no longer employs a manager and was never offered a fight.
"I've not had a manager since my last fight," Diaz revealed. "I would like people to know that I was never offered any fight [recently]. I haven't had a manager, I told Dana that I didn't want anyone representing me after what happened with my last training camp."
Diaz will still use Gracie as a coach, but expressed his need for more out of the person in charge of running his training camps. His comments to FightersOnly seem to indicate that, with the right preparation, the Stockton native is willing to come out of retirement for a fight.
"Things change, people change. I don't have anything against Cesar but I see the big picture now," he said. "Right now what I need is a good fight and a good camp."
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