The UFC’s first event of 2014 may already be facing injury problems as a rumor stemming from Brazil suggests that headliner Jake Ellenberger may be poised to pull out due to an injury.
Ellenberger had been set to face Tarec Saffiedine in the main event of the UFN32 event which takes place on January 4th and marks the UFC’s first visit to Singapore.
However, according to the Globo website, Ellenberger suffered an injury in training that could take up to a month to heal which would almost certainly lead to him having to pull of the bout, though at this stage there’s been no official word from the UFC and the fighter himself has kept quiet on the matter.
Ellenberger had been looking to get back to winning ways in his upcoming fight after dropping a lackluster decision to Rory MacDonald back in July.
On the other hand, Saffiedine was just eager to finally make his UFC debut after a series of injury setbacks this year threatened to dispel the momentum he had generated back in January by producing an upset victory over Nate Marquardt to become Strikeforce’s last ever welterweight title holder.
If Ellenberger isn’t able to make it then it’s likely they’ll keep Saffiedine in the headline spot and look to ship in a replacement to face him as the rest of the card is largely geared towards the Asian market and doesn’t have a great deal of star power.