A welterweight matchup between perennial contender Jake Ellenberger (29-7 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and former Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine (14-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is expected to headline the UFC's January debut in Singapore. today learned from sources close to the event that both fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.

The matchup is expected to serve as the headlining bout for the UFC's Jan. 4 event in Singapore, which the company announced in August. Neither a venue nor broadcast plans for the event have yet to be announced.

Ellenberger is ranked No. 6 and Saffiedine No. 15 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/ MMA welterweight rankings.