Nam Phan Replaces Josh Grispi at UFC 136, Meets Matt Grice

Written by Tom Ngo
August 12th, 2011

UFC Featherweight Nam Phan 133

An undisclosed injury has forced Josh Grispi out of his “UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III” contest against Matt Grice. As we all know fully well, the Octagon show waits for no man, as featherweight Nam Phan has agreed to make a quick turnaround and serve as a substitute.

Some thought Phan’s job was in jeopardy after dropping his second consecutive loss in the UFC. “The Ultimate Fighter 12” semifinalist suffered a controversial split decision defeat to Leonard Garcia at the show’s finale back in December, then followed it up with a unanimous decision loss to former WEC champ Mike Brown last weekend at UFC 133.

Phan has lost four of his past five scraps and is surely facing a must-win situation.

Grice, on the other hand, posted a TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas at “UFC on Versus 4.” Prior to the June defeat, he had rattled off four straight wins for a small Oklahoma-based fight promotion.

UFC 136 takes place October 8th inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The pay-per-view broadcast will feature a pair of championship affairs.

Featherweight king Jose Aldo will defend his crown against Kenny Florian in the night’s co-main event, while lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will face Gray Maynard in the card’s featured attraction.

Here is the show’s revised roster:

Preliminary Bouts:

Mike Massenzio vs. Steve Cantwell

Joey Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic

Nick Catone vs. Aaron Simpson

Nam Phan vs. Matt Grice

Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow

Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens

Main Bouts:

Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago

Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon

Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann

Kenny Florian vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)

Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)

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