Johny Hendricks won’t be fighting for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz, but he will be competing. The consensus No. 1 contender will face Jake Ellenberger at the March 16 card from Montreal.
UFC officials announced the bout Saturday night. The two will join a main event between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz for the title, and a co-main event featuring fellow welterweights Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald.
Hendricks (14-1) is on a five-fight win streak and seemed poised to compete for the belt after defeating Martin Kampmann. Instead, GSP asked for Diaz, and the UFC gave him that fight.
Ellenberger (28-6) is coming off a victory over Jay Hieron and is 7-2 inside the Octagon.