A cut has forced welterweight contender Martin Kampmann to withdraw from his showdown with Ben Saunders scheduled for UFC 111 on March 27 in Newark, New Jersey, but Jake Ellenberger has agreed to step in and fight Saunders at the pay-per-view event, according to MMAjunkie.
Kampmann was spotted by 5th Round over the weekend sporting a stitched cut over his right eye, and though he won’t be able to fight Saunders in March, the injury is not expected to sideline him for long and he could return as early as May.
Ellenberger (22-5), an IFL veteran, had his four-fight win streak snapped in a September loss to Carlos Condit in his UFC debut, but the Team Quest fighter rebounded with a second-round TKO of veteran Mike Pyle at UFC 108 last month.
Saunders (8-1-2), a castmember on The Ultimate Fighter 6, began his UFC career with three-straight wins before losing his first career bout to Mike Swick last June. He bounced back in November with a first-round knockout of Marcus Davis.
Pictured: Jake Ellenberger