Nam Phan’s willingness to take a fight on short notice more than likely saved his job, as The Ultimate Fighter 12 semifinalist will step in for Josh Grispi and face Matt Grice at UFC 136.
UFC 136 goes down October 8 and features a championship doubleheader, as Frankie Edgar defends his lightweight title against Gray Maynard, and Jose Aldo meets Kenny Florian for the featherweight crown.
The fight change was first reported by the UFC’s official Twitter account.
The Phan-Grice bout is slated for the preliminary card’s non-televised portion of the evening. There has been no report about the fights streaming live on Facebook as of yet.
Phan (16-9) has lost his last two fights since joining the UFC, dropping a split-decision to Leonard Garcia and falling by unanimous decision to Mike Brown just this past weekend.
Grice (13-4) has won four straight since being released after a 1-3 stint his first time in the UFC. Grice, a four-time state high school wrestling champion, earned his four wins on the Oklahoma fight circuit.
Other main card bouts for UFC 136 include Chael Sonnen against Brian Stann, Dave Herman going up against Mike Russow, and Melvin Guillard taking on Joe Lauzon.
Demian Maia and Jorge Santiago, along with Anthony Pettis and Jeremy Stephens, are expected to highlight the Spike TV portion of the night.
The other non-televised prelim fights are Joey Beltran-Stipe Miocic, Nick Catone-Aaron Simpson and Steve Cantwell-Mike Massenzio.