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Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann to determine top contendership

Speculation turned to confirmation today when UFC President Dana White announced the winner of a June bout between welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann would emerge as the division’s #1 challenger. Each has turned in a number of solid outings over the past few years including multiple wins over ranked competition.

The match-up is set to headline the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on June 1.

“There’s a lot at stake for the guys competing on this card at the Palms,” added White on the event in an official press release announcing the impact of Ellenberger vs. Kampmann on contendership.

Ellenberger is currently on a six-fight winning streak including back-to-back bouts with Jake Shields and most recently Diego Sanchez. He holds an overall record of 27-5 with his only loss inside the Octagon coming to Carlos Condit, who interestingly enough could very well be champion if/when Ellenberger’s title-shot finally materializes.

Though Kampmann hasn’t strung together as many consecutive wins as Ellenberger, losing decisions to Shields/Sanchez in recent bouts, he’s coming off a pair of impressive instances of success against Rick Story and Thiago Alves. “The Hitman” is 19-5 in his career with fourteen finishes including an even split between submissions/TKOs.

The welterweight title is currently in limbo while Georges St. Pierre recovers from knee surgery after which he’ll face Condit, the interim champion. If GSP is not healthy before year’s end it is likely Condit will instead face Ellenberger-Kampmann with the gold up for grabs.


  • MickeyC says:

    I stand behind my pevious prediction. diazs suspention will be reduced to 6mo. he will return just about the time GSP does. george will delay the fight with carlos to figjt diaz. carlos will face the winnwr of campman and ellenberger.

  • Dufresne says:

    I don’t know if the UFC will let GSP delay a reunification bout, but in a way I hope they do. I don’t understand the point of having an “interim” champ if he never defends it. As far as I’m concerned that just makes him the number one contender with a gaudy belt. Making him wait would be a petty kind of justice.

    The Ellenberger/Kampmann fight is pretty intriguing to me. How will Ellenberger’s power match up against Kampmann’s technique? How will his wrestling stack up against Kampmann’s BJJ? If styles make fights, this should be a hell of a show.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I doubt GSP will delay his fight just to scrap with Diaz. It really makes zero sense. As much sense as an interim title that will never be defended. If you wanted the belt, then defend it. If you wanted to fight GSP then why do you have a belt? Pick one.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    GSP is on record as saying he’d vacate his title for a shot at Diaz if given the opportunity.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    so if these two fight for the no. one spot, and then if say GSP and Condit finally fight in November is it?
    then the winner of Martin/Jake could have their title fight around March/April next year?
    brilliant, love to see the best fighters not fighting

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I think an Interim-interim-interim title is the answer. So we have everyone waiting for a shot at the guy whos waiting for a shot whos also waiting for a shot at the guy who is waiting for a shot. Then and only then will any of this make sense. Until then we will just have to wonder who would be the interim-interim-interim champ. I think Khalib Starnes…er I mean Carlos ” the Flash” Condit has the right idea. If you never fight you never lose.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    so the interim champ who out pointed the number one contender who last fought in February will wait to fight the actual champ who is currently injured and last fought a year ago but who wants to ignore the interim champ and fight the number one contender, while two other contenders will fight and wait to fight the champ who must get through the number one contender late this year and then fight the interim champ around march next year so they may be fighting again around summer 2013?
    that it?

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Jake Ellenberger for the win.

  • MCM says:

    Kampmann for the win!
    But I won’t be upset if Ellenberger takes it. I like both these guys.

  • MCM I completely agree…
    I love this fight
    GSP SHOULD vacate/be stripped of his belt….injuries happen and shit sucks but fuck it, if he IS the best in the world then he SHOULD have no problems getting it back right?
    Cuz like Hindsightfuk said..”brilliant, love to see the best fighters not fighting”
    Its a harsh solution but the best one in my mind…and for all of you who say that isnt fair to GSP…life isnt fair and time waits for no man….his injury is holdin up the best division in the best sport in the world. Tough shit on with the show.

  • MCM says:

    Here we are agreeing, and now I’m gonna disagree with you superdave.
    GSP is not the problem in this case, Condit is.
    Interim titles exist for precisely this type of situation. The champ is physically unable to fight so an interim title is created to determine the best of available fighters and to keep the division moving forward. Since no one beat the champ, there is no reason to deny said champ the fruits of his labor. That’s like getting a raise, performing up to the standards of that raise, calling in sick one day, then being told you no longer have that raise.
    The problem is Condit refusing to fight. If Carlos was fighting in July, there wouldn’t be all this talk of how useless the interim title is. Instead, he’s holding up the entire division for a shot at GSP when he could be making title fight money just by doing what the interim title holder is supposed to do.
    And there are plenty of people that could make that fight in July. If Hendricks gets by Kos, he makes a case for a title shot. Ellenberger already has a strong case and could be pulled from this card and replaced with Rory Macdonald with the winner of Rory/Martin being next in line. Hell, they could even sell the rematch with Diaz in July.
    I love this match and what it does for the divisional standings of both fighters, but if Condit would just fight like he’s supposed to, I’d love it even more.


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