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Jake Ellenberger wants title-shot with one more win under his belt

Jake Ellenberger - UFCUFC 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.


  • THEGUNNER says:

    Him vs gsp or hendricks sounds good to me.

  • joe mo mma says:

    3 guys definitely come to mind. Rory McDonald, Demian Maia, or Saffiedine. I wouldnt mind watching those guys vs. Diaz or Condit either.


    Ellenberger vs. Maia-next contender blossoms outright

  • MCM says:

    I think joe mo mma has the right of it. Rory, Damian, and Saffiedine are the only three in the division that could launch Ellenberger into a title shot, everyone else is too far down the ladder. I’m hoping they put Ellenberger/Maia as co headline on the GSP/Hendricks card. I enjoyed this little WW tourney at 158.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    GSP vs. Hendricks — overdue at this point

    Ellenberger vs. Maia — to determine the next #1 contender

    Rory vs. Condit — originally planned for this past weekend’s event, give it another go so Rory can attempt to avenge his lone career defeat when he let it slip away at the end of their first bout.

    Diaz vs. Lawler — Some history with this one as well, as these two then-young whipper snappers fought all the way back at UFC 47. Nick gets an opponent that will stand & trade, and Robbie gets his chance at revenge.

    Saffiedine vs. Kampmann

    Woodley vs. Story


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