Jake Ellenberger, in his mind, is the best fighter in the world if he’s fully focused. He seeks to prove that statement later this month against Nate Marquardt at UFC 158.
“When I’m at my best I can beat anyone in the world at 170 and I have to prove that,” said Ellenberger. “ It’s not a matter of who, it’s a matter of when and where for me. I don’t know if I’m the best welterweight in the world right now but I know I can beat anyone in the world and that’s all I need to know.”
At 7-2, with four stoppages, Ellenberger finds himself in the top 10 of the welterweight division. Those losses came to highly ranked fighters Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann.
Ellenberger was supposed to face Johny Hendricks next, before an injury to Rory MacDonald saw the card take a slight change, setting up his meeting with the former Strikeforce welterweight champion Marquardt.
For Marquardt, it will be his return to the UFC after he was released due to issues about his testosterone level in 2011. He dropped the Strikeforce title on their final card in January to Tarec Saffiedine.
UFC 158 comes from the Bell Centre on March 16 in Canada.