The planned UFC 151 co-headliner has found a new home, as promotion
officials announced Thursday that Jake
Ellenberger’s welterweight rematch with Jay Hieron has
been transplanted to
UFC on FX 5.
The news was revealed only hours after the cancellation of UFC 151,
which was announced by
UFC President Dana White on Thursday morning during a media
conference call. The pay-per-view event was to take place Sept. 1
at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas before an injured
Henderson was forced to withdraw from his headlining light
heavyweight title bout with Jon Jones.
After Jones turned down a fight with short-notice replacement
Sonnen, UFC officials decided to cancel the show.
UFC on FX 5 goes down Oct. 5 from the Target Center in Minneapolis
and is headlined by a heavyweight collision pitting former EliteXC
Silva against Hawaiian prospect Travis
Hieron and Ellenberger first met during their time in the defunct
International Fight League, with Hieron emerging victorious in
their 2006 clash. Following that win, “The Thoroughbred” went on to
capture the IFL welterweight belt before fighting his way to a
Bellator title shot against Ben Askren.
After falling by split decision to “Funky” last October, Hieron
negotiated his way out of his Bellator contract and recently
rejoined the UFC after a one-fight stint with the Texas-based
Legacy Fighting Championship.
Ellenberger, 27, enters the cage nine years younger than his foe.
“The Juggernaut” was recently finished by well-rounded Dane
Kampmann on June 1 at “The Ultimate Fighter 15” finale, marking
just the second setback of his UFC career. The defeat snapped a
six-fight winning streak for Ellenberger, who had bested the likes
Sanchez, Jake Shields,
Pierson and Mike Pyle
dating back to January 2010.