And that’s why UFC President Dana White stacked UFC 158 with six top welterweights. Shortly after reports surfaced an undisclosed injury forced Rory MacDonald out of his rematch against Carlos Condit (Pictured), the promotion will now have “The Natural Born Killer” fight Johny Hendricks in the March 16th event.
Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press first reported the matchup, which the UFC subsequently confirmed by re-tweeting his post.
Hendricks was originally slated to face Jake Ellenberger inside Bell Centre in Montreal. Ellenberger is expected to remain in the lineup. No word on who “The Juggernaut” will now meet up north.
Condit is victorious in three of his last four, but lost a title unification bout to reigning 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre in November.
Hendricks thought he earned next dibs at the welterweight hardware by putting Martin Kampmann to sleep at UFC 154. The wrestler turned slugger has rattled off five consecutive victories.
Condit and Hendricks now co-headline the pay-per-view broadcast.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
(Facebook 6:35PM ET/3:35PM PT)
Yves Jabouin vs. Johnny Eduardo
Mitch Gagnon vs. Issei Tamura
Jordan Mein vs. Dan Miller
(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Daron Cruickshank vs. John Makdessi
Antonio Carvalho vs. Darren Elkins
Quinn Mulhern vs. Rick Story
Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Jake Ellenberger vs. TBD
Mike Ricci vs. Colin Fletcher
Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring
Carlos Condit vs. Johny Hendricks
Nick Diaz vs. Georges St-Pierre (UFC welterweight champion)