It looks like Jake Ellenberger will get what he wished for, as MMAFighting.com is reporting that a welterweight match up between “The Juggernaut” and Jake Shields is being eyed by the UFC for sometime this coming fall.
The fight is not yet official, but all indications are that it is only a matter of time before the bout agreements are signed by both parties.
Since losing a close and controversial split decision to Carlos Condit in his UFC debut back in 2009, Ellenberger has gone on a four-fight winning streak, netting victories over Mike Pyle, John Howard, Carlos Eduardo Rocha, and Sean Pierson. Ellenberger has called Shields out of late, stating that he has what it takes to defeat the former Strikeforce and EliteXC champion. The 26-year-old sports an overall record of 24-5.
Cesar Gracie product Jake Shields recently had a fifteen-fight winning streak snapped by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, as he dropped a unanimous decision to the dominant French-Canadian this past April. Despite losing the bout and being unable to get the fight to the ground where his strength lies, Shields did much better on the feet than most expected, damaging St-Pierre (albeit with an accidental open-handed strike) and even stealing two rounds from the champ on two judges’ scorecards. Still considered to be one of the world’s top welterweights, Shields sports a record of 26-5-1, with a UFC record of 1-1.
There is no official meeting set for these two yet, but they are expected to square off at UFC 138 this coming November.