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UFC 158 Injury Update: Nate Marquardt To Fill In Against Jake Ellenberger, Who Thinks Johny Hendricks Is Ducking Him


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In the wake of Rory MacDonald‘s UFC 158 injury withdrawal — which is now confirmed to be a “severe neck and back strain” that will sideline him for three to four weeks — the UFC has shifted some talent around to make sure all the welterweights on the “St. Pierre vs. Diaz” supporting card still have dance partners.

As previously reported, MacDonald’s scheduled opponent Carlos Condit will face top 170-pound contender Johny Hendricks, who was originally supposed to face Jake Ellenberger. (The UFC first offered the Condit fight to Tarec Saffiedine, who reportedly declined.)

Now, Ellenberger’s replacement opponent at the March 16th event in Montreal will be none other than Nate Marquardt. The fight will be Marquardt’s first appearance in the Octagon since he was fired from the UFC in 2011 due to a testosterone-related misunderstanding, then reappeared in Strikeforce as a welterweight, KO’d Tyron Woodley to win the promotion’s vacant welterweight title, and lost it last month in a painful decision loss to…Tarec Saffiedine. See? It’s all connected, man. [*Huffs more keyboard duster*]

And there’s one more element that makes this story even more confusing: Jake Ellenberger is under the impression that Johny Hendricks — who has won his last five fights, including knockout wins of Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann in a combined 58 seconds — is scared of him. Last night, he tweetedI knew you’d find a way out @JohnyHendricks,” to which his brother Joe Ellenberger repliedFight was signed. @JohnyHendricks called bossman, begged for easier fight. Got a new fight = ducking #scared.”

I’ve got nothing against the Ellenberger bros, but this is bordering on Rampage Jackson-level delusion. First off, the idea that Carlos Condit would be an easier opponent for Johny Hendricks than Jake Ellenberger is questionable to say the least. And “I knew you’d find a way out”? Come on, now. A co-main event fighter suffered a freak injury, and the first guy they tried to bring in as a replacement said no. So, Hendricks accepted a higher-profile fight against Condit, which helps his career and keeps the card somewhat intact. Would Jake Ellenberger have done any differently if he was in that situation?

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mma4ever- February 20, 2013 at 8:14 am
Hey nipple...Whatever....that is the biggest pile of horse shit ive read this year and Canada is better without u . Man i love this country .
Nippletwist- February 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm
Macdonald is scared of everyone right now. condit is better than ellenburger. Hendricks vs Diaz is the real welterweight championship fight. hopefully we can finally see that after Nick is done wiping the floor with georges "grease" st Pierre. Rory wants more lightweights to fight him at 170. Guys his own size are too scary. Ellenburgers a wuss .Rory should probably go rub Vaseline on georges back. Canada sucks.
Mr_Misanthropy- February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
...and yet faces will still be punched. Moving on...
Madson- February 19, 2013 at 11:53 am
Hendricks is moronic about complaining GSP is ducking him. Ellenberger is a idiot saying the same about Hendricks. Word they are looking for is opportunist.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- February 19, 2013 at 10:14 am
Jake vs pierce
Mr Jeff 1- February 19, 2013 at 9:33 am
I think that hendricks gets beat by any of these other guys,his knock outs were both flukes. if he fought any of these guys again the outcome would be different. he needs his miget ass beat, and go packin.....
nick diaz and the dub sack- February 19, 2013 at 7:56 am
I highly doubt that Hendricks is the one ducking people here. Wait and see who they match Rory Mac up with upon his return. Guaratee he won't be facing a good wrestler
algiersheadkick504- February 19, 2013 at 7:40 am
The little fucked will most likely make saffedine vs macdonald
mma4ever- February 19, 2013 at 7:36 am
Would love to see nate put the hurt on jake. Clinic .
jpen19red- February 19, 2013 at 7:31 am
I agree with Jake on this one. Although I'm sure he's not 'scared' (as likely no professional fighters are) Condit is a more favorable matchup than Ellenburger. Hendrix has had a harder time with heavy-handed wrestlers (Koscheck, Pierce), while knocking out the slighter framed welterweights (Fitch, Kampmann). He probably figures he can either knock Condit out or at least ground and pound him for 3 rounds.
Fried Taco- February 19, 2013 at 6:29 am
Jake is just butt-sore that they didn't ask him to step up. Of course, I'm sure he would have turned it down so he could still fight Johnny.
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