It looks as though the UFC’s annual “Super Bowl Weekend” card has added another highly-ranked fighter to its line-up in the form of Jon Fitch. However, rather than fighting one of his “Top 5” peers it appears Fitch will instead square off against rising welterweight Jake Ellenberger at the event.
News of the potential match-up was reported by MMAJunkie, where it was also stated bout-agreements were in place and at least one of the involved competitors had signed.
Ellenberger is 22-5 and is coming off back-to-back TKO wins in the Octagon over John Howard and Mike Pyle. His only loss in the UFC came via a razor-thin split decision to Carlos Condit in September 2009 at Fight Night 19. He has only been finished once in his career while racking up fourteen knockouts and five submissions in his twenty-two total victories.
The American Kickboxing Academy’s Fitch will clearly be the toughest test Ellenberger has faced to date if the bout does eventually materialize in an official sense. Fitch has won his last five fights and 21 of his last 22 (with the lone exception being a unanimous decision loss to UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87).
UFC 126 is scheduled for February 5th, 2011 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Other pairings believed to be occurring at the stacked event include 185-pound champion Anderson Silva defending his belt against Vitor Belfort, former title-holders Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin squaring off, top light heavyweight contenders Jon Jones and Ryan Bader mixing it up, and a battle between respected lightweights Evan Dunham and Ken Florian.