The injury bug has once again struck the UFC.
Originally scheduled to be headline by a welterweight bout between former Strikefoce champion Tarec Saffiedine and the highly touted Jake Ellenberger, UFC Fight Night 34, which takes place Jan. 4 at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, the UFC’s first trip to Southeast Asia was shaping up to be a phenomenal fight card.
But an injury in training camp has forced Ellenberger to withdraw from the match, leaving the Saffiedine without an opponent.
Now with little more than a before the bout, Hyun Gyu Lim, from Korea, has answered the call to replace the injured Reign Train Center product. Originally scheduled to meet Kiichi Kunimoto on the same card, Lim enters the bout riding a seven fight winning streak, including two straight under the UFC banner.
Lim debuted with the company in March in Japan with a very impressive knockout victory over Marcelo Guimaraes. But it was his following performance over Pascal Krauss at UFC 164 that really started to turn heads. With a first round knockout over the very durable Kraus, earning Fight of the Night in the process, Lim earned the praise of UFC Dana White and fight fans everywhere.
His new opponent, Saffiedine, will finally make his long awaited UFC debut. Originally scheduled to debut at UFC on FOX 8 against Robbie Lawler, before he was forced out with an injury, this bout will be his first since winning Strikeforce’s final welterweight title with unanimous decision victory over Nate Marquardt at that promotion’s final fight card in January.
There is currently no time table for Ellenberger’s return.