Ever since losing a controversial decision to Carlos Condit in his UFC debut, welterweight fighter Jake Ellenberger has put together a four-fight winning streak in the division, notifying his peers’ of his presence and beginning to make a case for himself as a contender for the belt.
Having taken out the likes of Mike Pyle, John Howard, Carlos Eduardo Rocha and, most recently, Sean Pierson, Ellenberger is looking to test himself against the absolute best in the division. Ellenberger faced Pierson on the undercard of UFC 129, where Jake Shields battled Georges St. Pierre in the main event. Though he hasn’t actually caught the fight — which saw Shields give St. Pierre some trouble, but ultimately lose a decision — Ellenberger thinks that he has what it takes to put away the highly-touted former Strikeforce middleweight champion.
“Will I watch it? Probably,” Ellenberger said during an appearance on Sherdog Radio Netwrok’s The Savage Dog Show. “But I bet it;s going to go exactly the way that I thought. If they do make that match and me and Jake get to fight, he’s not a hard guy to figure out. I feel like I can beat him right now.”
Ellenberger’s confidence comes from a newly found dedication to his training and career as a fighter.
“There’s no such thing as a part-time fighter,” Ellenberger said. “There’s a lot of things in the past that I wasn’t doing correctly. It was kind of a learning process for me. This sport still being so new, earlier in my career I loved to compete and I was making a little bit of money, but I don’t think I was as focused and disciplined as I am now. …I’ve surrounded myself with such good people. Good coaching and training partners, guys that really believe in me.”
“The Juggernaut’s” record stands at 24-5.