The card of UFC 140 has undergone a shift following an undisclosed injury to rising welterweight prospect Rory MacDonald (12-1). Canadian submission ace Claude Patrick (14-1) has been tapped to fill the vacant spot opposite MacDonald's intended opponent, Brian Ebersole (48-14-1).
Patrick was originally slated to face "The Ultimate Fighter 11" veteran Rich Attonito on the night's undercard. UFC officials are now searching for a replacement opponent for Attonito.
A Jiu-Jitsu brown belt known as "The Prince", Patrick is a former TFC Canadian MMA Welterweight champion training out of Ontario's Elite Mixed Fighters. The 31-year-old has quietly put together a three-fight win streak inside the Octagon, claiming wins over Ricardo Funch, James Wilks, and Daniel Roberts.
He now faces Ebersole, a twelve-year journeyman who received his first shot in the UFC this year. Since then the colorful 30-year-old seems to found a home, pushing his win streak to nine with victories over a risqué Dennis Hallman and the perpetually-tough Chris Lytle.
UFC 140 fight card:
Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida
Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Light Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Featherweight: Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung
Welterweight: Claude Patrick vs. Brian Ebersole
Light Heavyweight: Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Igor Pokrajac
Middleweight: Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou
Lightweight: John Makdessi vs. Dennis Hallman
Lightweight: Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz
Lightweight: Mitch Clarke vs. John Cholish
Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson
Welterweight: Rich Attonito vs. TBA