Gastelum, Varner off UFC On FOX 9

Just 24 hours after original


On FOX 9 headliner Anthony Pettis


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">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.