It looks like stacking the UFC
158 card with six capable welterweights was a prudent move by
the Las Vegas-based promotion.
The UFC confirmed Monday evening via Twitter that Rory
MacDonald has withdrawn from his March 16 rematch with Carlos
Condit after suffering a neck injury in training. Johny
Hendricks, who was originally scheduled to face Jake
Ellenberger on the same card, will now square off with Condit
at UFC 158. MMAJunkie.com first
reported the development.
UFC 158 takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and is headlined
by a 170-pound title tilt between Georges St.
Pierre and Nick Diaz. At
the moment, Ellenberger does not have a replacement opponent, but
he is expected to remain on the card.
MacDonald requested a rematch with Condit following a dominant
three-round verdict against B.J. Penn at UFC
on Fox 5 in December. “The Natural Born Killer” defeated the
Tristar Gym representative with a furious third-round flurry in
their first meeting at UFC 115, the only loss of MacDonald’s career
Condit captured the interim welterweight crown against Nick Diaz at
UFC 143, but came up short in his bid to unify the belts against
reigning champion Georges St.
Pierre at UFC 154 in November. Hendricks has won five straight
fights, including notable triumphs over Jon Fitch,
Koscheck and Martin
Kampmann in his last three outings.