Let’s just face it, Jake Ellenberger (pictured) vs. Tarec Saffiedine simply isn’t meant to be. After an undisclosed injury forced Saffiedine out of his UFC 172 tango with Ellenberger, “The Juggernaut” will now battle Robbie Lawler at UFC 173.
The UFC confirmed the switcheroo Friday afternoon.
Ellenberger and Saffiedine were originally slated to meet at UFC Fight Night Singapore in January, but Ellenberger had to withdraw that time after hurting his hamstring.
Ellenberger and Lawler are looking to ounce back from losses. Ellenberger most recently dropped a unanimous decision to Rory MacDonald in July. However, Ellenberger has won eight of his past 10 bouts.
Lawler, meanwhile, is trying to rebound from this month’s decision defeat to Johny Hendricks for the vacant welterweight title at UFC 171. “Ruthless” is victorious in three of his past four outings.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the May 24 festivities.
Here is the show’s updated lineup:
(UFC Fight Pass 6PM ET/3PM PT)
Li Jingliang vs. Danny Mitchell
Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi
Piotr Hallman vs. Yves Edwards
Vinc Pichel vs. Anthony Njokuani
(Fox Soprts 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Mitch Clarke vs. Al Iaquinta
Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Jamie Varner vs. James Krause
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera
Jake Ellenberger vs. Robbie Lawler
Junior dos Santos vs. Stiple Miocic
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao (UFC bantamweight champion)