Jake Ellenberger will headline the “TUF 21” finale opposite Stephen Thompson. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
A welterweight bout between Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson that was originally scheduled for UFC 189 will now headline "The Ultimate Fighter 21" finale.
Promotion officials announced the change on Friday. The ‘TUF 21’ finale takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 12 and also includes a 170-pound showdown between Jorge Masvidal and Cezar Ferreira.
Ellenberger ended a three-fight skid at UFC 184, when he submitted Josh Koscheck with a north-south choke 4:20 into the second round of their encounter. “The Juggernaut” owns notable triumphs overMike Pyle, Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez and Nate Marquardt over the course of a promotional tenure that began in 2009.
A rib injury knocked Thompson out of a proposed bout against Brandon Thatch at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 14. “Wonderboy” is 5-1 in the Octagon, including a unanimous decision triumph over Patrick Cote in his most recent outing at UFC 178.
After a seven-fight stint in the Octagon at 155 pounds, Masvidal will move up to welterweight to face Ferreira. The American Top Team product went 5-2 at lightweight in the UFC, most recently dropping a controversial split decision to Al Iaquinta on April 4.
Ferreira, meanwhile, will be moving down from middleweight for the bout. The Brazilian known as “Mutante” last appeared at UFC Fight Night “Bigfoot vs. Mir,” where he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Sam Alvey. The Blackzilians product is 4-2 in the UFC.