Up-and-coming welterweight star Jake Ellenberger has agreed to step in on just 17 days notice to meet Sean Pierson at “UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields.”
Ellenberger owns an impressive 24-5 resume and has finished off 19 of his victims before the final horns have sounded. The Reign Training Center athlete was last seen taking a split decision win over Carlos Eduardo Rocha at UFC 126.
Pierson holds a 11-4 record, with 10 of his wins coming via finish. In his big league debut this past December, Pierson posted a unanimous decision win over Matt Riddle at UFC 124.
The organization did not confirm whether the welterweight matchup would remain on the Spike TV broadcast. However, there is no reason to believe Ellenberger’s participation would prevent the scrap from airing on television.
UFC 129 takes place April 30th inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. The pay-per-view broadcast will be headlined by a welterweight fight between champ Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields.
Here is the card’s revised lineup:
Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin
John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson
Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen
Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia
Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts
(Spike TV 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Sean Pierson vs. Jake Ellenberger
Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald
Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson
Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jason Brilz
Mark Hominick vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)
Jake Shields vs. Georges St-Pierre (UFC Welterweight Champion)