After Matt Brown was forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC on Fox 9 bout with Carlos Condit due to suffering two herniated discs in his lower back, that fight was cancelled and a preliminary bout between Joe Lauzon and Mac Danzig was elevated to the main card.
Sources close to the fight confirmed Brown’s withdrawal and the bouts removal to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday. UFC officials later announced the promotion of the Lauzon vs. Danzig bout via Twitter.
The original twelve-bout card currently stands at eleven fights.
The move returns the main card to four bouts that will be featured on “Big Fox” on Saturday, Dec. 14, emanating from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
The UFC on Fox 9 main card features a headlining bout pitting UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson against Joseph Benavidez. That bout was a replacement for original headliner Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson after Pettis had to schedule knee surgery.
The three remaining main card bouts are now Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald, Chad Mendes vs. Nik Lentz, and Joe Lauzon vs. Mac Danzig.
A preliminary bout between Sam Stout and Codie McKenzie was originally slated for the UFC’s online stream, but has been moved up to the preliminary broadcast on Fox Sports 1.