The surging Jake Ellenberger will look to pick up his sixth straight Octagon victory this Wednesday night when he meets the seasoned Diego Sanchez in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 1 in his backyard of Omaha, Nebraska.
In Sanchez, Ellenberger is facing a man that fights like a buzz saw with the heart of a lion and he knows that he’s in for a hard night when they got locked in the cage together. Still, it’s a challenge he welcomes and one he believes he can overcome.
“I can’t control what he does. I can only control what I do. I’ve put myself through the worst possible scenarios. I’m definitely prepared to match his pace. That’s something he’s definitely strong at and next week it’s going to be time to show that. I can match his pace,” Ellenberger recently told USA Today. “I think I have the advantage. I’ve definitely prepared for his style. He’s got a hard style to fight, but it’s definitely a good test for me and a hard challenge.”
To Ellenberger, his opponent is a respectable fighter who’s been around for a long time, faced off against the world’s best and demonstrated great resilience throughout it all. Beating Sanchez will go a long way in showing that Ellenberger isn’t going anywhere, and that’s exactly what he’s looking to do.
“Very aggressive and just tough,” he said of Sanchez. “Just overall tough — he’s tough to finish; he’s really hard to do anything to. He’s been in there with some of the best. He’s a tough cat, but for me to be even considered one of the best in the division and one of the best for a title shot, I’ve got to prove that I’m a better fighter and finish Diego.”