Gastelum, Varner off UFC On FOX 9

Just 24 hours after original
On FOX 9
headliner Anthony Pettis
was ruled out by knee problems, the card has
more unfortunate news. Welterweight Kelvin Gastelum and lightweight
Jamie Varner have also both been forced to withdraw from the show
due to various injuries.

Gastelum had been scheduled to face Court McGee in a battle of
Ultimate Fighter season winners. However, he
said through Twitter that he tore the PCL in his knee and though he
would not need surgery, he will require 4-6 weeks of recovery.

Gastelum (7-0) had won both of his UFC starts so far, defeating
Uriah Hall and then stopping Brian Melancon with a rear naked choke
in his 170-pound debut.

Varner, meanwhile, was set up for a tough scrap with Pat Healy
until a torn rotator cuff scuttled his plans. Varner (21-8-1, 2 no
contests) has split his four Octagon encounters. He has wins over
both Melvin Guillard and Edson Barboza, but has lost to Joe Lauzon,
and to Gleison Tibau by decision in his most recent fight.

The UFC has about one month to find replacements for both.

The Sacramento show is now headlined by the flyweight
championship rematch between
Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. It
also still includes several other bouts of major importance,
including a bantamweight battle between Urijah Faber and Michael
McDonald, and an expected Fight of the Year-type scrap between
welterweight contenders Carlos Condit and Matt Brown.