Ryan LaFlare steps in vs Court McGee

(L-R) Ryan LaFlare kicks Santiago Ponzinibbio
Ryan LaFlare steps inb to fight Court McGee on December's UFC On FOX card.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.


Ryan LaFlare has had all of two days of rest since beating Santiago Ponzinibbio at last Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night event in Brazil. Apparently, that’s about all he needs. LaFlare will get back into camp in a hurry after accepting a short-notice matchup with Court McGee at UFC on FOX 9 on Dec. 14.

With just over a month to prepare, LaFlare will be replacing Kelvin Gastelum, who withdrew on Monday after tearing the PCL in his knee. Gastelum will not require surgery but is still expected to need about 4-6 weeks of recovery time.

LaFlare has had a perfect 9-0 start to his career, including two straight victories since joining the UFC. His other octagon win came against Ben Alloway in April, another fight he won via unanimous decision.

LaFlare has also yet to lose a round in the UFC.

He’ll have his hands full with McGee (16-3), who captured season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight, and has since moved down to welterweight, winning two straight. In his last match, he topped Robert Whittaker in a close split-decision.

McGee is known for his excellent stamina. In Feb. 2013, he set the record for most significant strikes landed in a three-round fight, connecting 166 times in a win against Josh Neer.

The Dec. 14 UFC on FOX show emanates from Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The event is headlined by a UFC flyweight championship rematch between current titleholder Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.

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