It was suppose to be Joe Ellenberger (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet Frank Trevino (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 44. But now, Bryan Barberena, has been forced to withdraw from the cage. In his place steps promotional newcomer James Moontasri (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Joe Ellenberger, who is the brother of fellow UFC Fighter Jake Ellenberger will be making his UFC debut in this fight. Ellenberger has been fighting in VFC (Victory Fighting Championship) as of late. He went on a 12 fight winning streak until he met Justin Salas back in October of 2011 where he lost via Unanimous decision. After that loss, he began his two fight winning streak with wins over Jesse Zeugin via rear naked choke in March of 2012 and then a TKO victory over Joe Wilk in December of 2012. Joe has eight wins by knockout, four wins by submission and two wins by decision.
Frank Trevino is undefeated and is stepping into the Octagon for the second time in his career. Before making his UFC debut, he beat Joseph Daily via Unanimous decision in 2013 and then Lester Batres via Unanimous decision also in 2013. He made his UFC debut at UFC 171 against Renee Forte and won the fight via Unanimous decision. He has four wins by Knockout, four wins by Submission and four wins by decision totaling twelve fight wins.
UFC Fight Night 44 goes down next Saturday night on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass and to the fight fight on the main card that airs on Fox Sports 1. The headlining fight is Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens, the co-main event is Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke. The event airs from San Antonio’s AT&T Center. The show starts with Anthony Hamilton vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk on Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET. Then switching to Fox Sports 1 with Ryan Benoit vs. Ray Borg at 8:00.PM.ET and then starting the real fights with the main card at 10 p.m. ET with Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Ellenberger kicking off the main card. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.