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Jake Ellenberger sees room for improvement after edging Jay Hieron out at UFC on FX 5

UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger has shown himself to be a power in the division with wins over Diego Sanchez, Jake Shields, Mike Pyle, and most recently Jay Hieron. He even went the distance against Carlos Condit though came up short by way of Split Decision.

Still, despite his success the 27-year old sees a number of areas in his game he needs to polish up before being considered a legitimate threat to the title.

“I think there are a lot of things I can improve on,” explained Ellenberger in an interview with the UFC after the conclusion of UFC on FX 5, listing off a few specific areas as well. “For me, personally, I have to get a little faster, get my timing a little better and be a little more aggressive.”

In terms of who Ellenberger hopes to test his skills against next, “The Juggernaut” pointed to the opponent he was originally supposed to face before Hieron stepped in as a replacement – Josh Koscheck.

“He is dangerous and a veteran, and I’m up for it,” offered Ellenberger on the match-up.

Last night’s win over Hieron put Ellenberger’s career back on the winning track after suffering a loss to Martin Kampmann in his previous outing. He holds an overall record of 28-6 with 22 stoppages.


  • hindsightufuk says:

    Hieron has awful take downs but was very impressed with jakes balance and agility the rare occaision Jay did get hold of him. hard to get anything out of a fight like that, neither guy showed anything of note, Jay showed even less and Jake walked it really

  • Lord Faust says:

    Jake seemed a bit overly concerned about burning out fast like in his others fights. I liked his composure and hopefully he finds the just-right aggression level next fight.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Him and Heiron definitely had that bounce up and down thing working great at the end of the fight.


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