The UFC have acted quickly to replace Thiago Alves who has had to pull out of his bout with Jon Fitch at UFC 111 after failing a CAT scan.
Instead Jon Fitch will now replace Jake Ellenberger as Ben Saunders opponent on the main card of the event according to MMAJunkie. Meanwhile Kurt Pellegrino’s bout with Fabricio Camoes has been promoted to the televised portion of the card to make up the numbers.
The UFC have revealed they will pay Ellenberger both his standard fee and his win bonus to make up for the disappointment of not competing at the event.
Under the circumstances this is a reasonable reshuffle from the UFC, though you have to feel for Ellenberger having to bow out so late in the day. While it’s not as significant to the division as the Alves – Fitch rematch, Fitch – Saunders is still a fight that will be interesting to watch unfold.