The fallout from today’s shocking news surrounding the cancellation of UFC 151 continued this afternoon with the organization’s decision to shift a co-headlining bout between welterweights Jake Ellenberger–Jay Hieron to the UFC on FX 5 card scheduled for October 5 in Minneapolis. While the delay in their duel is no doubt disappointing to fans, it could result in an even better clash when they collide after their match-up was originally made in early August after Ellenberger’s original opponent (Josh Koscheck) withdrew due to injury.
UFC on FX 5 features heavyweight action between Travis Browne and Antonio Silva in the main event with other notable pairings including Jeremy Stephens-Yves Edwards, Bart Palaszewski-Diego Nunes, and Phil Davis-Wagner Prado.
Ellenberger has been itching to fight Hieron since a 2006 loss to the Bellator/Strikeforce veteran, the first of the Nebraskan’s career no less. Since the stumble “The Juggernaut” has established himself as one of the top 170ers in MMA with a 27-6 overall record and 22 finishes to his credit.
The October offering will be Hieron’s first in the Octagon since a doctor’s stoppage in 2005. Like Ellenberger, he too has been sharp in recent years en route to a 23-5 mark with victories over Joe Riggs and Jason High.
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