5thRound.com has just confirmed that welterweight Martin Kampmann has been forced to pull out of his UFC 111 fight against Ben Saunders due to a cut over his right eye.
The welterweight was sporting a significant wound over his right eye which had several fresh stitches in it (please see picture above). Although Kampmann didn’t appear too worried about the laceration, it seems he’s going to need more time than the March 27th deadline to heal.
MMAjunkie.com is reporting that Jake Ellenberger has agreed to step-in on less than seven weeks notice to meet Saunders.
Ellenberger posted an impressive TKO win over veteran Mike Pyle at UFC 108 in January. The 24-year old owns an impressive 22-5 pro mark.
Saunders, who is one of the division’s lankiest fighters, has managed to use his incomparable length to claim a respectable 8-1-2 record. The American Top Team-trained fighter thrashed the gritty Marcus Davis with a barrage of knee strikes to earn a devastating TKO victory at UFC 106 this past November.
Kampmann has won three of his last four fights and possesses an impressive 16-3 mark overall. He bounced back nicely from his UFC 103 TKO loss to Paul Daley by submitting Jacob Volkmann in the 1stRound of their UFC 108 contest.
It is unknown whether the UFC will keep the Saunders/Ellenberger contest on the televised portion of the pay-per-view broadcast or swap it out with the dark match between Nate Diaz and Rory Markham.
UFC 111 will be taking place inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and will be headlined by two championship bouts.
Shane Carwin will battle former two-time champ Frank Mir to become the interim heavyweight champion while welterweight king Georges St-Pierre defends his strap against Dan Hardy in the night’s main event.
Here is the revised/rumored lineup for the event:
Ricardo Funch vs Matt Riddle
Thomas Drwal vs. Rousimar Palhares
Rodney Wallace vs. Jared Hamman
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown
Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham
Mark Bocek vs. Jim Miller
Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders
Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch
Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir (UFC Interim Heavyweight Title)
Dan Hardy vs. Georges St-Pierre (UFC Welterweight Champion)