When the event was originally being planned, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was expected to face TJ Grant, but Grant was not medically cleared from a concussion suffered in training to compete and Josh Thomson was slated to fight for the title instead.
On Nov. 10, it was announced that Pettis had suffered a knee injury, pushing the fight with Thomson back to a later date.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that two more fighters have fallen victim to injuries and have been removed from the lineup.
USA Today first reported the developments and the fighters later confirmed the news via Twitter.
So I guess news is out. I tore my PCL and will need about 4-6 weeks recovery. Good news is I won’t need surgery. I’m really bummed tho 🙁
— Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) November 12, 2013
I guess the word got out so I thought I’d let everyone know last weds sparring I tore my rotator cuff and will be out a few weeks! Sorry ;(
— Jamie Varner (@jamievarner) November 12, 2013
The UFC is currently seeking replacements for McGree and Healy.
The event is now headlined by the rematch for the flyweight title between champion Demetrious Johnson and top contender Joseph Benavidez. The two first fought at UFC 152 in September 2012 with Johnson winning by split decision.