While the big heads at Zuffa likely don’t believe in curses, they have a pragmatic curse on their hands when it comes to UFC on Fox 9, set to air on December 14.
First came the injury to Ian McCall, dropping him out his fight with Scott Jorgensen (soon replaced by John Dodson). Then the big hit came when lightweight title holder Anthony Pettis bowed out of his headlining fight against Josh Thomson. The UFC did some nifty shuffling, weakening the TUF Finale card on November 30 by shifting it’s headliner – a title fight between Demetrious Johnson v. Joseph Benevidez – to replace Pettis v. Thomson.
Yesterday, the card got hit square in both jewels by the dual announcements by Kelvin Gastellum and Jamie Varner dropping out to injury.
Varner was set to fight Pat Healy on the undercard while Gastellum (the most recent TUF winner, defeating the over-hyped mental midget, Uriah Hall) was set to face Court McGee on the main card. They have been replaced by Bobby Green and Ryan LaFlare. Both of those fighters just competed on the most recent fight card by the promotion.
While the card remains strong from top to bottom – with notable bouts between Urijah Faber v. Michael McDonald, Carlos Condit v. Matt Brown, and Chad Mendes v. Nik Lentz as well as the Dodson v. Jorgensen bout – it is never a good thing when injuries crop up.