Since losing a close split decision to current top contender Carlos Condit in his UFC debut back in 2009, Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger has been on a tear, having gone undefeated over a five-fight streak that includes wins over the likes of Mike Pyle, Sean Pierson, and Jake Shields.
The 26-year-old Nebraskan will look to pick up his sixth straight win, twenty-seventh overall, next month at UFC on Fuel TV 1, where he’ll take on UFC staple Diego Sanchez. A victory over Sanchez would go a long way in cementing Ellenberger as a contender, as the TUF 1 winner has only been beaten four times and finished once (by BJ Penn).
Understanding the threats Sanchez poses and the absolute grit with which he usually competes, Ellenberger knows that he isn’t getting an easy out, but he’s still confident he can claim victory within the distance.
“Sanchez has fought a lot of great fighters and he brings a lot of good tools to the table, but he won’t beat me,” Ellenberger said. “I’ve always prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. I always look to finish fights as fast as I can, just being prepared as I can. But I can see a TKO in the first or second round.”
UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger goes down on February 15 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.