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Nate Marquardt To Face Jake Ellenberger At UFC 158

Nate Marquardt will be returning to the Octagon this March, as the former Strikeforce welterweight contender meets Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz. confirmed the news with a source late Monday after Rory MacDonald’s injury caused changes to the lineup.

Johny Hendricks was asked – and agreed – to face Carlos Condit in place of MacDonald, leaving Ellenberger without an opponent for the evening.

Marquardt (32-11-2) quickly took to Twitter to say he was free to fight that day, and it looks like he will get the chance. “The Great” is a former contender in the UFC’s middleweight division, but was released after being forced out of a fight due to a failed medical test two years ago.

Ellenberger (28-6) is 7-2 in his UFC career.