Ultimate Fighter 12 alumnus Nam Phan will waste little time before stepping back into the Octagon after a tough three-round battle with Mike Brown last weekend at UFC 133, as the 16-9 Californian has agreed to fill a vacancy opposite Matt Grice in October created by former featherweight contender Josh Grispi’s withdrawal from the event.
The UFC revealed Phan as Grispi’s replacement late Thursday night.
Though the reason for Grispi’s decision to pull out of UFC 136 weren’t immediately available, he later took to his Twitter and explained the circumstances leading to today’s announcement.
“Complications with my wife’s pregnancy,” Grispi explained. “I’m kinda strapped down and can’t train as hard as I need to…Can’t afford to lose.”
“The Fluke” is coming off back-to-back losses in the UFC after a flawless run in WEC including wins over Jens Pulver, L.C. Davis, and Mark Hominick.
Phan has also come up short in his last two trips to the cage, though in fairness to the well-rounded 28-year old one of the bouts involved scoring so controversial he was still awarded a win bonus despite the defeat. Always a tough draw, he has finished three-quarters of the opponents he’d beaten with seven TKOs and five submissions.
In Grice he will face an accomplished amateur wrestler who has won four of his last five fights and holds an overall record of 14-4 with ten finishing performances to his credit.
UFC 136 is set for October 8 in Houston, Texas and co-headlined by a pair of championship clashes in the form of lightweight Frank Edgar putting his belt on the line against Gray Maynard and 145-pound phenom Jose Aldo taking on Ken Florian.
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