Perennial UFC Welterweight contender, Jake Ellenberger, was set to fight against former StrikeForce Welterweight Champion, Tarec Saffiedine, at UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore in January.
Unfortunately, news came out that Jake Ellenberger was injured in training earlier this week, forcing him to withdraw from the bout. The injury is supposedly one that takes about a month to heal, so while Ellenberger is forced out of this fight, he could be back in action relatively soon.
Obviously this a big blow to the Singapore card, and the UFC will have to find a suitable replacement for Ellenberger quickly. According to sources, the UFC is currently seeking a replacement at the time of this writing.
Considering that there are no other ‘name’ Welterweights on the Singapore card that could headline, the UFC will have to find a fighter outside of the card willing to take on Tarec on short notice.
At UFC 167, both Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley won their respective bouts. Could either one of them become the late replacement? I find it unlikely that Lawler would take the fight due to his ranking and current win streak. I do find it feasible, however, that Woodley could take the fight. After defeating Josh Koscheck by KO, a quick turnaround victory could pay big dividends for Woodley.
Here is the UFC Fight Night 34 card:
- Tarec Saffiedine vs TBA
- Hacran Dias vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
- Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
- Kyung Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu
- Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern
- Dustin Kimura vs. Jon Delos Reyes
- Will Chope vs. Max Holloway
- David Galera vs. Royston Wee