Though the fight may not have exactly closed out the way he would have wanted it to, Jake Ellenberger put on an impressive winning performance last week against Diego Sanchez to extend his winning streak to six straight.
That run, which also includes impressive wins over Mike Pyle and Jake Shields, coupled with the razor-close split decision Ellenberger lost to current interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit back in 2009 have many fans clamoring for a Condit-Ellenberger rematch. When you consider that Nick Diaz will most likely be suspended for his positive marijuana test from UFC 143 (where he fought Condit to a close decision loss) and rightful champ Georges St-Pierre won’t be returning from his knee injury layoff until fall, a Condit-Ellenberger rematch for the interim title makes sense.
Speaking during a recent appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s Beatdown show, Ellenberger asserted his own desire for a rematch, but explained that he doesn’t see Condit taking that fight.
“I think the fans do want it, but at the same time, I don’t know if that’s what the UFC wants or not,” Ellenberger said. “I really don’t. If it was up to me, then yeah, we’d probably be fighting in May or June, but I don’t know if that’s what the UFC wants. I think they kind of still put it in Condit’s hands, but I know Carlos. I know his manager, and I know they don’t want that fight. But again, if I put myself in their shoes, I don’t blame them.”
Ellenberger, who’s 27-5 overall, owes his last loss to Condit, as he hasn’t dropped a contest since he battled The Natural Born Killer in his UFC debut.