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:
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
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)