UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger knows what it’s like to get within sniffing distance of a championship clash only to come up short in the end. The 27-year old powerhouse had won six straight scraps entering a match-up with Martin Kampmann last June and nearly made it seven after an early onslaught. However, Kampmann battled back to stop Ellenberger with strikes, knocking “The Juggernaut” down a few pegs on the company’s contendership ladder.
With back-to-back wins in two tilts since the loss, including a knockout of Nate Marquardt last weekend at UFC 158, Ellenberger is back in the hunt and feels another victory will put him in line to challenge for the belt currently being worn by Georges St-Pierre.
“One (more) fight and then hopefully I can get that title-fight,” replied Ellenberger to MMAFighting when asked to give his thoughts on where he stacks up in the division.
Though Ellenberger wouldn’t go so far as to call out any specific opponents, he did point to the possibility of facing one of the other ranked welterweights who took to the Octagon at Saturday night’s show including Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. He also made it clear he wasn’t overly concerned about who he faces next as long as the bout has potential to propel him into a shot at gold.
“I think I can finish anybody in the world,” said Ellenberger confidently.
Ellenberger improved his overall record to 29-6 with his win over Marquardt. The performance also marked the 23rd stoppage of his career.
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