UFC on Fox 9 was already stacked, and the addition of another lightweight bout has made a great thing even better. Former WEC champ Jamie Varner will face off with Pat Healy at the December 14th event in Sacramento. The UFC tweeted confirmation of the bout earlier today:
Varner (21-8-1, 2 NC) returned to the UFC as a late replacement at UFC 146 last year and picked up one of the biggest upsets of the year by stopping Edson Barboza in the first round. Joe Lauzon submitted him late in his next bout, and he has gone to a split decision in his last bouts - a win over Melvin Guillard and a loss to Gleison Tibau.
Healy (31-16, 1 NC) made a splash in his UFC re-debut by submitting Jim Miller, but the win was overturned due to a positive test for marijuana metabolites. He was dominated by Khabib Nurmagomedov and dropped a unanimous decision in his last bout, and definitely needs a win here.