Update: Ellenberger confirms hamstring injury, out 6 to 8 weeks

Jake Ellenberger

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/ufc/story/jake-ellenberger-out-112813"

target="_blank">was forced out of his UFC Fight Night bout against

Tarec Saffiedine due to injury, but the good news is the No.

5-ranked welterweight contender won’t be out of action for any

significant amount of time.

On Friday, Ellenberger spoke to FOX Sports and confirmed that it

was a hamstring injury that pushed him out of the fight against the

last ever Strikeforce welterweight champion.

“Yeah, it’s been a rough week. It was a hamstring injury, just

one of those things,” Ellenberger told FOX Sports on Friday. “I’ve

never pulled out of a fight before, usually I’m the one taking

fights on short notice, but this was one of those times where I

just had to do it.”

According to his doctors, Ellenberger is expected to be out

approximately six to eight weeks, but he suffered no long-term

damage or tears that could potentially cause surgery.

As Ellenberger noted, he’s never been a fighter known to pull

out of a bout prior to now, but with the injury hampering his

training for at least a few weeks there was no way to push forward

and compete on Jan. 4 in Singapore. Ellenberger was returning to

action after a tough loss to Rory MacDonald earlier this year

— a defeat that broke his two-fight winning streak as he

looked to get back into title contention.

Ellenberger still hopes to land a top 10-level opponent upon his

return, it will just have to wait until a little deeper into 2014

for it to happen.

The plan is for the Nebraska native to rest and rehabilitate the

hamstring for the next few weeks, and as of now Ellenberger says

he’s planning a return to action around the end of February.

FOX Sports will have more information on Ellenberger’s next

fight as it becomes available.