The UFC has confirmed that Jake Ellenberger will face Jake Shields in a welterweight clash at UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou on September 17th in New Orleans.
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.
“Ellenberger is on a mission to get his first shot at a world title, and Shields is determined to get another crack at it,” said UFC President Dana White.
UFC Fight Night: Battle on the Bayou takes place on September 17 from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. It will be the first event for the promotion in the city since UFC 27: Ultimate Bad Boyz in September of 2000.