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Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson Postponed, Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez Now Headlines UFC on FOX 9

Written by Tom Ngo
November 10th, 2013
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UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis

So, remember last night when UFC president Dana White told FoxSports.com that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis’ (pictured) recent knee injury wouldn’t force him to postpone his December 14 title fight against Josh Thomson?

Yeah, about that…

On Sunday night, “Fox Sports Live” reported Pettis will in fact have to withdraw from the scrap. Now that UFC on FOX 9 is without a main event, the flyweight title tilt between champ Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, which was originally scheduled to headline “The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale,” will now take top billing in Pettis and Thomson’s place.

The lightweight shootout with Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz, which was initially slated to co-headline TUF 18 Finale, now gets bumped to the show’s featured attraction.

Get it? Got it? Good!

UFC on FOX 9 takes place inside Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The TUF 18 Finale goes down November 30 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

No word on how long Pettis will be forced to sit the sidelines. However, White claimed Saturday that his injured knee wouldn’t require surgery. That report should still be accurate.

It is believed Thomson will be allowed to wait for Pettis to return and not have to take another fight in the interim.

Here is UFC on FOX 9’s revised roster:

Darren Uyenoyama vs. John Moraga

Cody McKenzie vs. Sam Stout

Jamie Varner vs. Pat Healy

Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo

Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon

Danny Castillo vs. Edson Barboza

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Court McGee

John Dodson vs. Scott Jorgensen

Chad Mendes vs. Nik Lentz

Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown

Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald

Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson (UFC flyweight champion)

This is what TUF 18 Finale’s current lineup now looks like:

Sean Spencer vs. Sergio Moraes

Tom Niinimäki vs. Rani Yahya

Maximo Blanco vs. Akira Corassani

“TUF 18” women’s tournament final

“TUF 18” men’s tournament final

Nate Diaz vs. Gray Manard

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