Jake Ellenberger made a big statement tonight at 170lbs. and he needed less than a minute to be heard.
Ellenberger faced off against Jake Shields in the main event of UFC Fight Night 25, who just challenged Georges St-Pierre for the title and has long been considered as one of the top welterweights in the world; many wondered if Ellenberger could stand up to Shields’ extensive experience. If Ellenberger was being tested, he passed with flying colors.
Shields came out aggressively, pumping the jab, but it became clear early on that his best bet for success would be to get the fight to the mat. It also became clear early on that he would have difficulty doing that: Ellenberger easily shucked Shields off of him anytime that he tried for the takedown. As Shields moved forward trying to close the gap, Ellenberger grabbed the Thai clinch and fired off two knees, the second of which sending the Cesar Gracie-trained fighter face-first to the mat. Smelling the blood, Ellenberger pounced on Shields and beat him until the referee stepped in and pulled him off at the fifty-three second mark.
“It feels unbelievable,” said Ellenberger. “Jake Shields is a champion. I can’t explain how I feel right now, it feels great.”
Ellenberger ups his stock at welterweight in a big way with his win and also improves his record to 25-5. Shields, who stayed in the fight despite the untimely passing of his father and manager just three weeks before the bout, falls to 26-6-1 and is finished by strikes for just the second time in his career.
UFC Fight Night 25 went down at the Ernest N. Morial Center in New Orleans, Louisiana,