Ryan LaFlare steps in vs Court McGee

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.