Green takes Healy fight on Dec 14

Bobby Green (L) reacts after defeating Jacob Volkmann during their lightweight fight at UFC 156 on February 2, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center
Bobby Green has stepped in for the injured Jamie Varner to fight Pat Healy on Dec. 14.
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Bobby Green will step into the open UFC on FOX 9 spot opposite Pat Healy, FOX Sports has learned.

Green is replacing Jamie Varner, who was forced to withdraw on Monday after tearing his rotator cuff while sparring. A UFC official confirmed the Green-Healy pairing. The 27-year-old Green is less than a week removed from his controversial TKO win over James Krause at UFC Fight for the Troops 3.

In the win, Green landed a kick that was right at the border of being considered a low blow. However, referee John McCarthy declared it legal, giving him a victory.

Prior to that, he had choked out Jacob Volkmann in his UFC debut back in February.

Green is 21-5 all-time and riding a six-fight win streak.

Meanwhile, Healy will still be hunting his first Octagon win. Although he got the judges’ nod on the scorecards after fighting Jim Miller at UFC 159, he failed a drug test for marijuana and had the result overturned to a no contest. He returned at September’s UFC 165 and lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov via unanimous decision.

UFC on FOX 9 takes place from Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

In the headliner, Demetrious Johnson will face Joseph Benavidez in a UFC flyweight championship rematch. The event also includes bantamweight contenders Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald, as well as a likely Fight of the Year contender in Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown.

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