by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A change has been made to the upcoming UFC card in Newark, NJ as Jake Ellenberger has been tapped to replace Martin Kampmann in a fight against Ben Saunders on the main card for the upcoming show in March.
The new fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by sources close to the fight who advised that verbal agreements are in place, with bout agreements to follow shortly.
Jake Ellenberger (22-5) returns to action after a dominant performance over veteran fighter, Mike Pyle, at UFC 108 in early January. The Nebraska based fighter won by TKO at just :22 seconds into the second round.
Making his debut last September, Ellenberger lost a very close split decision to former WEC champion, Carlos Condit, and came back with a vengeance in his second fight.
All indications are that the fight between Ellenberger and Saunders will remain on the main televised portion of the pay-per-view broadcast.
MMAWeekly.com was able to confirm late on Tuesday that it was actually a cut over Kampmann’s eye that required several stitches that forced his removal from the bout. According to sources close to the fighter, he’ll be out of action for about a month due to the severe cut, but hopes to be back in action before the summer.
(Updated at 10:55pm EST with Kampmann’s injury)