Jake Ellenberger was set to main event the UFC's first ever show in Singapore against Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine. Unfortunately for "The Juggernaut", his quest to bounce back from a poor showing against Rory MacDonald has been delayed. In an interview with Fox Sports' Damon Martin, Ellenberger told him the injury that will keep him sidelined for several weeks:
"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.
So while the bad news is obviously that Ellenberger won't fight Saffiedine (and has since been replaced by Hyun Gyu Lim), he hasn't suffered anything serious enough to merit a long-term recovery. It's the first time Ellenberger has pulled out of a fight in his UFC career.
Ellenberger (29-7) is currently ranked 5th in the UFC's official welterweight rankings, and the 28-year-old still hopes to fight a top 10 opponent in his next bout. He's planning a late February return, which would coincide with UFC 170 on February 22nd.