Nate Marquardt steps in to meet Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158 in Montreal

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jjeans
2/19/13 8:43:49AM
Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt (32-11-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC) will meet Jake Ellenberger (28-6 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC 158, a source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday evening.

Marquardt fills a spot left vacant by Johny Hendricks, who was tapped to meet onetime UFC title challenger Carlos Condit when Rory MacDonald was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury.

Marquardt vs. Ellenberger still serves on the March 16 event's pay-per-view main card, which follows prelims on FX and Facebook.

UFC 158 takes place at Montreal's Bell Centre.

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SmileR
2/19/13 9:50:24AM
If Ellenberger gets past Nate I'd say he deserves a top 5 guy. Shame his fight with Hendricks fell through it would have been a good fight for him but these are two solid fights from Rory being injured!
airkerma
2/19/13 10:11:30AM

Posted by SmileR

If Ellenberger gets past Nate I'd say he deserves a top 5 guy. Shame his fight with Hendricks fell through it would have been a good fight for him but these are two solid fights from Rory being injured!


Can't really add much to this.
DrivenDavies15
2/19/13 10:36:33AM
This is a much tougher fight to pick imo
Awesome fight still, big fan of both guys and just can't wait for this card!
Theoutlaw08
2/19/13 10:39:11AM

Posted by airkerma


Posted by SmileR

If Ellenberger gets past Nate I'd say he deserves a top 5 guy. Shame his fight with Hendricks fell through it would have been a good fight for him but these are two solid fights from Rory being injured!


Can't really add much to this.



I agree with you guys. That biggest part of it is the "IF" he gets past Nate. I don't see it happening. Nate will bounce back after getting chopped down with leg kicks in his last fight.
sparky
2/19/13 10:50:50AM
Good replacement

This fight will be a classic. I cant wait for UFC 158 fingers crossed no one else gets injured
LightsOUT23
2/19/13 10:51:30AM
Go on Nate, Break Ellenberger !!!
BillsNewAccount
2/19/13 11:15:55AM

Posted by LightsOUT23

Go on Nate, Break Ellenberger !!!



I got nothin against the Great but I'm still chearing for him to miss weight and piss hot just to see Dana's head explode.
SamPan
2/19/13 11:21:44AM
I like both of the new match-ups a lot.

That said, I don't know where a win over Hendricks would put Condit. He can't challenge GSP again so soon.

I like Marquardt-Ellenberger a lot, though. I think Marquardt is the better fighter and should take this. Then, a rematch with Maia?

I love the depth at WW
quezocrema0032
2/19/13 12:18:47PM

Posted by SamPan

I like both of the new match-ups a lot.

That said, I don't know where a win over Hendricks would put Condit. He can't challenge GSP again so soon.

I like Marquardt-Ellenberger a lot, though. I think Marquardt is the better fighter and should take this. Then, a rematch with Maia?

I love the depth at WW



A win for Condit would eliminate Hendricks from the title picture & more importantly open the door for a A. SILVA super fight. I say Carlos beating Johnny would be best case senerio for the ufc as far as setting up that fight between gsp & Anderson. That would allow for Maia or Tarrec to work on their resume for a potential title fight with gsp while he battles silva. If Hendricks beats Carlos then I think the ufc would delay the super fight because Hendricks case for a title shot would be to large to just ignore.
tcunningham
2/19/13 1:24:48PM
good to see a big named fighter step in for hendricks. nate is a good matchup for ellenberger. i think ellenberger can win this with his wrestling though.
shaneTpain
2/19/13 1:57:16PM
Nate the Great vs the Juggernaut !!!

Somebodys getting KTFO
prozacnation1978
2/19/13 2:29:02PM
Montreal dodged bullets with nate and tj as replacements a month out.
I like the nate vs Jake pick. Just got a hell of a lot harder
Nate did say he wanted to be on this card not surprised

If another welter gets injured I bet Woodley will step in
jae_1833
2/19/13 6:13:14PM
I actually like these match ups better than the originals, God bless the WW Div!
LightsOUT23
2/19/13 6:13:17PM

Posted by BillsNewAccount


Posted by LightsOUT23

Go on Nate, Break Ellenberger !!!



I got nothin against the Great but I'm still chearing for him to miss weight and piss hot just to see Dana's head explode.



LOL