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.
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
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.
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