An injury to former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine has forced officials to re-work plans for Jake Ellenberger.
Instead of competing at UFC 172 in April, Ellenberger will now fight in May at UFC 173 and get Robbie Lawler. The fight announcement was made Friday.
Lawler (22-10) is coming off a tough decision loss to Johny Hendricks for the vacant UFC welterweight title. The defeat snapped a three-fight win streak for “Ruthless,” who is in his second stint with the promotion.
Ellenberger (29-7) is 8-2 in his last 10 overall, but has split his last four fights. He defeated Nate Marquardt via knockout last year.
Below is the current lineup for UFC 173:
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Renan Barao (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
Welterweight: Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger
Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Lightweight: Jamie Varner vs. James Krause
Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Bantamweight: Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung-Ho Kang
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke
Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel
Lightweight: Piotr Hallman vs. Yves Edwards
Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi
Welterweight: Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell
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