Yesterday UFC officials announced that Jake Ellenberger had to withdraw from his Main Event bout with Tarec Saffiedine, at the companies January Fight Night 34 event in Marina Bay, Singapore. This left the former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Saffiedine, wondering wether he would have to wait a little longer to make his octagon debut.
Officials didn't take long to make their mind up about a replacement. Earlier today they announced Korean powerhouse Hyun Gyu Lim will replace Ellenberger to face Saffiedine. Lim was scheduled to take on Kiichi Kunimoto for his third fight with the UFC. Kunimoto is still expected to fight on the card but will await a new opponent.
Lim will look to go 3-0 in his UFC career and stretch his win streak to eight in a row. 'The Ace' debuted for the UFC back in March, knocking out Marcel Guimaraes with a wicked knee. He followed that impressive performance up with a 'Fight of the Night' win over Pascal Krauss, also finishing Krauss with a perfectly timed Knee. After his second knockout win to Krauss, Lim became the first person in UFC history to score two consecutive knockouts with a knee.
Saffiedine will finally be making his UFC debut against Kim, he was set to face Robbie Lawler in July but had to drop out due to injury. The Belgian fighters last bout was in January where he beat Nate Marquardt to win the Strikeforce Belt. He is now on a four fight win streak since losing to Tyron Woodley back in January 2011.
The UFC's Fight Night 34 card will be heldin at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay, Singapore. After the main event change up the lineup for the card is now as followed:
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Hacran Dias
TBA vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Kyung-Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern
Dustin Kimura vs. Jon Delos Reyes
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Tae Hyun Bang
Max Holloway vs. Will Chope
Royston Wee vs. Dave Galera