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Bobby Green Makes a Quick Turn to Face Pat Healy at UFC on Fox 9

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Bobby Green and James Terry at StrikeforceLess than a week after his controversial TKO stoppage of James Krause at UFC Fight for the Troops 3, Bobby Green has agreed to step in for injured fighter Jamie Varner at UFC on Fox 9.

Green made the initial announcement himself on Facebook, but UFC officials later confirmed that Green agreed to face Pat Healy on Dec. 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.

The UFC on Fox 9 fight card has been hit hard by injuries over the past few days. The headlining bout between UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Josh Thomson was derailed when Pettis was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. Then, in the past 24 hours, Varner and Kelvin Gastelum both fell off the card, also due to injuries.

Green (21-5) enters the fight coming off of the victory over Krause. The controversy in that bout stemmed from Green landing two low blows early in the first round and then sending Krause crashing to the canvas with a kick to the beltline that had some people questioning whether or not it was a third illegal blow. Referee John McCarthy, however, deemed it a legal blow and awarded Green the victory.

Green will now get the quick turnaround to see if he can continue building on his current six-fight winning streak.

Healy (31-16, 1 NC) could prove a difficult task. Like Green, Healy is a Strikeforce transplant, but is still searching for his first victory in the Octagon. He actually submitted Jim Miller in his UFC debut, but the result was turned declared a no contest after Healy tested positive for marijuana following the fight.

He then lost a decision to red-hot Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in September.

Healy was on a six-fight victorious streak of his own, rocketing towards a Strikeforce title shot before moving to the UFC.

Following Pettis’ injury, UFC officials moved the flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Josef Benavidez into the UFC on Fox 9 headlining slot.

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