Carlos Condit at UFC 154 Weigh InsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship’s plan to stock up UFC 158 with a plethora of welterweights is already looking like a good idea, as one 170-pounder has already been forced off the card.

Rory MacDonald was slated to square off with Carlos Condit in the UFC 158 co-main event on March 16 in Montreal, but he has been forced off of the card due to injury. MMAWeekly.com sources confirmed MacDonald’s removal, which was first reported by MMAFighting.com.

Wanting to keep Condit in a co-main event caliber fight, the UFC quickly shuffled the deck and pulled Johny Hendricks out of his scheduled fight with Jake Ellenberger and slotted him in opposite Condit, according to a report by official MMAWeekly.com content partner Bleacher Report and later confirmed by UFC officials.

Condit is coming off of a loss to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in his last trip to the Octagon. He held the interim champion designation going into that fight and took GSP the distance in a bout that was awarded Fight of the Night honors, but couldn’t capture St-Pierre’s belt.

The fight with Hendricks, who is the No. 1 contender to winner of UFC 158’s headlining bout between St-Pierre and Nick Diaz, would be a critical victory for Condit and keep his name right at the top of the list for another shot at GSP.

Condit in return would be a huge addition to Hendricks’ hit list. A victory over him would further cement Hendricks as the top UFC welterweight contender, and make it very difficult for the UFC to match St-Pierre or Diaz against anyone else outside of an immediate rematch or, if he wins, St-Pierre stepping into a superfight with the likes of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

MacDonald’s only loss in the UFC has been to Condit via TKO stoppage at UFC 115 nearly three years ago. He has since been rocketing up the welterweight ranks on a run of four consecutive victories, including Nate Diaz and, most recently, BJ Penn.

A victory in a rematch with Condit would have sent MacDonald’s stock through the roof, possibly setting up a very difficult decision for the youngster, who is edging ever closer to a title shot with the belt wrapped firmly around teammate Georges St-Pierre’s waist.

Jake Ellenberger is now left to wait and see whom the UFC can line-up as a possible replacement.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz headlines UFC 158 on March 16 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 207's Neil Magny says past mistakes have him prepared for ex-champ Johny Hendricks

  • 27 days ago
  • 15 views

DENVER – Neil Magny has been in a position to need to rebound before, and he came through with flying colors. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Johnny Hendricks Goes to His Native Roots Ahead of UFC 207 (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 24 views

A product of Oklahoma, former welterweight champ Johny Hendricks has a very diverse background. Spend the day with Hendricks and learn more about his roots. read news >>

Knockout Radio LIVE: Johny Hendricks, Justin Gaethje, Ray Sefo, and UFC 207 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

Tune in Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 4 pm ET, for Knockout Radio LIVE! with guests Johny Hendricks, Justin Gaethje, and Ray Sefo, , as well as a UFC 207 preview. read news >>

UFC Unfiltered: Johny Hendricks & Tim Means

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

Johny Hendricks joins the show to discuss his UFC 207 bout against Neil Magny, a possible trilogy fight with Robbie Lawler and more. Later, Tim Means calls in to talk about his UFC Fight Pass bout ag read news >>

Johny Hendricks and Ray Borg Miss Weight for UFC 207 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 35 views

Johny Hendricks and Ray Borg both missed weight for their respective UFC 207 bouts in Las Vegas. read news >>

Knockout Radio Podcast: Johny Hendricks, Justin Gaethje, Ray Sefo, and UFC 207 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 13 views

Join Knockout Radio for their Dec. 28 podcast as Randy Harris and the crew talk with Johny Hendricks, Justin Gaethje, and Ray Sefo, as well as preview UFC 207. read news >>

UFC 207 results: Crowd doesn't like it, but Neil Magny survives takedowns to top Johny Hendricks

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

LAS VEGAS – Johny Hendricks might have won in the wrestling department, but Magny’s work off his back won the fight. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Neil Magny Sends Johny Hendricks Packing at Welterweight (UFC 207 Results) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

Neil Magny prevailed in what was likely Johny Hendricks’ final fight at welterweight at UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey on Friday night in Las Vegas. read news >>

Neil Magny's Controversial Decision Over Johnny Hendricks (UFC 207 Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 22 views

Neil Magny and former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks fought to a split decision at UFC 207 on Friday. Check out the fight highlights. read news >>

Dana White: Women's featherweight division was 'never the plan, but now we're in'

  • 17 days ago
  • 27 views

UFC president Dana White says that, after the recently-created women’s 145-pound division, there are no plans for new weight divisions in the UFC in 2017.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Vide read news >>