IFL veteran Jake Ellenberger (21-4) has agreed to step up and replace the injured Chris Lytle in his Octagon debut against Carlis Condit (22-5) in a welterweight showdown scheduled for UFC Fight Night 19 from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sept. 16.
MMAmania.com confirmed the change earlier this morning.
"Lights Out" was forced to withdraw from the event earlier this week after suffering a severe knee injury while training.
Ellenberger is a dangerous striker who was last seen shutting off the switch on Marcelo Alfaya at Bellator Fighting Championships 9 back on June 12.
The former middleweight is currently riding a four fight winning streak and has taken eight out of his last ten bouts with five (T)KO stoppages.
He'll need all the power he can muster up to overcome the crafty Condit.
"The Natural Born Killer" debuted for the UFC this April, making the jump from the WEC after the promotion’s 170-pound division was dissolved. He fought top contender Martin Kampmann in an all-out action packed war at UFC Fight Night: "Condit vs. Kampmann." Unfortunately, he came up short, as "The Hitman" was able to eek out a split decision victory.
Condit now looks to get back on the winning path and reclaim the glory he once had as a three-time defending WEC champion.
UFC Fight Night 19 will serve as the lead-in for the upcoming tenth season of TUF, which features Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and a solid collection of 15 other heavyweight fighters competing in a tournament-style format to earn one "six-figure contract."
The main event of the evening will see TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz get a chance to break out of an 0-2 slump when he tangles with Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard. Lightweight studs Roger "El Matador" Huerta and Gray "The Bully" Maynard are also expected to hook 'em up.
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