Fight Night 25 Recap: Jake Ellenberger climbs the Welterweight RankingsPosted on September 18, 2011, 04:46 AM by Trent Reinsmith
Prior to the main event of Fight Night 25 Jake Ellenberger said that he did not think that Jake Shields was a big step up in competition for him. In fact, Ellenberger said that he felt that his recent opponent Carlos Rocha was more dangerous than Shields.
Ellenberger backed that talk up on Saturday, doing something that Dan Henderson and Georges St-Pierre were unable to do, stop Jake Shields. Ellenberger dropped Shields with a big knee and then followed him to the ground, finishing him with strikes, just 53 seconds into the opening stanza.
After the fight Shields expressed disappointment, saying he thought he could have continued, but the replay showed the stoppage to be justified.
This was easily the biggest win of Ellenberger’s career, one that should get his name mentioned as one of the top fighters in the Welterweight division.
Questions after seeing Shields vs. Ellenberger:
-What do the Welterweight Division rankings look like after this fight?
Notes and more questions following Fight Night 25:
-It wasn’t too long ago that Evan Dunham was considered an up and coming prospect in UFC’s Lightweight division, but after losses to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard that talk quieted down, did his win over Shamar Bailey renew the talk of him being a contender?
-Donny Walker refused to tap to the rear naked choke of Ken Stone eventually falling unconscious before the referee called the fight. Just throwing this one out there, but does refusing to tap really prove anything?
-Despite what the crowd thought, almost every member of the press seemed to have scored the Lance Benoist vs. Matt Riddle fight the same as the judges, 29-28 for Benoist. Sure, Riddle did deliver a nice knee that left Benoist bloody, but it was not enough to win the fight, despite what the vocal crowd would want you to believe.
-Before this fight Cody McKenzie told MMAJunkie, “Like I said, if I lose two in a row, I don't deserve to be at the high level. I should go back to the smaller shows and work my way back up and get some wins if I lose.” Will Dana White take him up on that, since he has lost two in a row?
-Before the detached retina sidelined him, Alan Belcher was climbing the ranks of the Middleweight division, it will be interesting to see where he lands in the rankings after his win over Jason MacDonald.
Lowkick.com Fight Night 25 main card awards:
Fight of the night: I have to go with Belcher vs. MacDonald. Belcher put another nail in the coffin of “cage rust” as a legitimate reason for looking bad in a fight when he took out MacDonald.
Performance of the night: Jake Shields. Shields’ father passed away just a few weeks ago, the fact that Shields did not drop out of this fight when no one would have blamed him if he had, says a great deal about the character of Shields. Sure, he lost, and in devastating fashion, but he fought and that earns him the performance of the night.
Finish of the night: Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger went into his bout with Jake Shields as the underdog and just dominated the short fight. He showed strong finishing skills in earning the TKO. Let’s not forget that Shields hadn’t been stopped since March 2000.
Photo: UFC fighter Jake Ellenberger celebrates his victory over John Howard at UFC-Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko at the San Diego Sports Arena on August 1, 2010, in San Diego, California. Francis Specker