A welterweight matchup between Jake Ellenberger (30-9) and Stephen Thompson (10-1) has been added to the UFC 189 fight card on July 11. UFC officials confirmed the bout first reported by ESPN on Thursday.
Ellenberger is ranked ninth in the UFC’s 170-pound division. The 30-year-old was on the cusp of a title shot in 2013, but suffered three consecutive losses to Rory MacDonald, Robbie Lawler, and Kelvin Gastelum. He rebounded in his last outing by submitting Josh Koscheck at UFC 184 in February. He’s looking to build off the win when he faces Thompson in Las Vegas.
Thompson is riding a four-fight winning streak. His only career loss is to fifth-ranked Matt Brown at UFC 145 in February 2012. He’s hoping to extend his winning streak and crack the top 15 rankings with a win over the seasoned Ellenberger.
UFC 189 takes place on July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and features two title fights. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo puts his title on the line against Conor McGregor in the fight card’s featured bout, while welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler takes on Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.