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Jake Ellenberger says he's fighting Tarec Saffiedine at UFC 172 in Baltimore

A welterweight matchup between Jake Ellenberger and Tarec Saffiedine previously scheduled for Singapore earlier this month is back on for UFC 172 this April.


UFC welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger was supposed to compete in a five-round main event against Tarec Saffiedine in Singapore, but pulled out after suffering a hamstring injury. Saffiedine fought Hyun Gyu Lim instead while Ellenberger healed up, and now the fight is back on, this time as a three-rounder as part of UFC 172 in Baltimore on April 26th. Ellenberger tweeted the news earlier today and pointed to his official website:


UPDATE AT 6:51 PM ET: The UFC has confirmed it themselves.

Ellenberger (29-7) was last seen losing a unanimous decision to Rory MacDonald in a lackluster UFC on Fox 8 co-main event. He looked outstanding in his only other fight in 2013, knocking out Nate Marquardt in 1 round at UFC 158. "The Juggernaut" is currently ranked 5th in the UFC's official welterweight top 15.

Saffiedine (15-3) made his UFC debut against Lim instead of Ellenberger, chopping away at Lim's legs throughout the fight and coming away with a unanimous decision win as well as a FOTN bonus. The Belgian will go down as Strikeforce's final welterweight champion after he beat Nate Marquardt a few months prior to Ellenberger's KO victory.

UFC 172 is headlined by Jon Jones' light heavyweight title defense against Glover Teixeira.

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