An injury has forced Jake Ellenberger out of his scheduled slot
against Tarec Saffiedine in the upcoming UFC card headed to Singapore on Jan
4. In his place, Hyun Gyu Lim will step in and fill the main
event spot vacated by Ellenberger against Saffiedine.
UFC officials announced the news this morning, but did not
elaborate on the type of injury.
With the fight just over four weeks away, there wasn’t a lot of
wiggle room for the No. 5-ranked welterweight to come back in time
and take the bout with Saffiedine.
Meanwhile, Lim has accepted the bout with the last ever
Strikeforce welterweight champion as he tries to extend his
two-fight win streak inside the Octagon. Lim was already scheduled
to compete on the card against Kiichi Kunimoto, who will now await
word on a new opponent being chosen for him by the UFC.
Lim has proven to be a tough customer thus far in his UFC
career, picking up two wins by knockout after finishing both Pascal
Krauss and Marcelo Guimaraes in consecutive fights.
He will face Saffiedine, who makes his long awaited UFC debut
after defeating Nate Marquardt to win the Strikeforce title in
Janaury before suffering a string of injuries that have prevented
him from fighting until now.
The new fight between Lim and Saffiedine will remain the
headline bout for the UFC’s upcoming debut in Singapore on Jan