Ryan LaFlare replaces Kelvin Gastelum, meets Court McGee at UFC on FOX 9


ryan-laflare-1.jpgThree days after picking up his second UFC win, Ryan LaFlare is already booked to fight again.

UFC officials today announced LaFlare (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has agreed to replace an injured Kelvin Gastelum (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and will now face Court McGee (16-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at next month’s UFC on FOX 9 event.

Featuring a flyweight title fight between current champ Demetrious Johnson and challenger Joseph Benavidez, UFC on FOX 9 takes place Dec. 14 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The evening’s four-fight main card airs on FOX following prelims that stream on FOX Sports 1 and MMAjunkie.

LaFlare vs. McGee is expected to take place on the night’s preliminary lineup, though an official bout order hasn’t been revealed.

McGee was the middleweight tournament winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 11? in 2010, submitting Kris McCray in the finals. McGee posted a 3-2 mark in the division before dropping to 170 pounds. Since the switch, he’s earned back-to-back decision wins in fights with Robert Whittaker and Josh Neer.

Meanwhile, LaFlare turned pro in 2008 and has remained undefeated through his first nine fights. After winning his first seven fights under the Ring of Combat banner, LaFlare transitioned to the UFC, and he’s since picked up decision wins over “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” semifinalist Ben Alloway and “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2? finalist Santiago Ponzinibbio.

With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 9 now includeS:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez for UFC flyweight title
  • Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
  • Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit
  • Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, MMAjunkie.com)

  • Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon
  • John Dodson vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Bobby Green vs. Pat Healy
  • Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo
  • Ryan LaFlare vs. Court McGee
  • John Moraga vs. Darren Uyenoyama
  • Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Cody McKenzie vs. Sam Stout

For more on UFC on FOX 9, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Ryan LaFlare)

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