It seems that dust has settled after the UFC 158 shuffle caused by Rory MacDonald’s injury. With Rory out, Johny Hendricks took his place against Carlos Caondit, leaving Jake Ellenberger without an opponent. Enter former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nate Marquardt, who will be filling in for Hendricks.
Marquardt (32-11-2) is looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Tarec Saffiedine at the Strikeforce finale. “The Great” will be making his return to the octagon, he was released behind a TRT scandal in June of 2011. The Jackson’s MMA product made his first trip to welterweight in his Strikeforce debut, knocking out Tyron Woodley in the fourth round of their title fight.
Ellenberger (28-6) makes his walk to the cage after having defeated Jay Hieron at UFC on FX 5, rebounding from a come-from-behind loss to Martin Kampmann, which snapped a six-fight win-streak.
UFC 158 takes place at Montreal’s Bell Centre on March 16.