Jake Ellenberger: Interim belt means nothing, GSP is the real champPosted on February 19, 2012, 01:21 PM by Anton Gurevich
“I think I should’ve been clearer on what I want and who I want to fight,” Ellenberger said. “I think I can beat Carlos Condit, and that’s really the fight I want. That’s the fight I’m hoping and praying for – but it’s not my decision. It’s absolutely what I want, though. I’ve fought him before, and now I’m a completely different fighter. I know I can beat him and it’s definitely the fight I want. Carlos has said he wants to wait, and while I can understand his position, it doesn’t stop me from wanting that fight.
To be honest an interim belt doesn’t mean anything. It would be cool to wear around and say you were the interim champ, but at the end of the day, you are not the king. Georges St-Pierre is the king, and until somebody beats him he’s still the true champion of the division. Even if I were in that position, it would be the same thing. If I go out and beat Carlos Condit, I’m not the champion of the division because Georges St-Pierre is the reigning champion and unless you beat him, then you aren’t. It’s that simple. You have to beat the champ to become the champ. Georges is that guy.” - For more interesting quotes from Jake Ellenberger, please visit Heavy.com/MMA.
Top Welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger addressed a number of issues in an exclusive interview with Heavy.com.
More than anything, Ellenberger made it clear that he wants to fight Carlos Condit for the Interim belt, after giving a somewhat unclear reply to Jon Anik's "generic question" back at UFC on Fuel TV 1. The Juggernaut could also find himself in the cage against the winner of Hendricks vs. Koscheck bout, which will take place on May 5th at UFC on FOX 3. Timing-wise, Condit vs. Ellenberger II makes more sense, if "The Natural Born Killer" decides not to wait around 10 months for the reigning champ Georges St. Pierre.