Jake Ellenberger not buying the Jake Shields HypePosted on September 13, 2011, 10:08 PM by Trent Reinsmith
When Jake Ellenberger enters the Octagon on Saturday night in New Orleans he will bring along an MMA record of 24-5. He will also carry with him the tag of underdog. The oddsmakers have Ellenberger’s opponent, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields listed as the favorite, a fact that doesn’t seem to concern Ellenberger in the least.
“I just never really believed it. Jake Shields is the best middleweight in the world, the best welterweight in the world, like I never believed it. He has beat some very tough opponents, but it’s nothing personal against him, he’s probably a great guy. I’m sure we could be friends afterwards, but I was just never sold on him.” – for the full interview visit MMAWeekly.com.
Some of the tough opponents that Shields had defeated before his 15-fight winning streak came to an end against Georges St-Pierre included Dan Henderson, Martin Kampmann, Robbie Lawler and Jason Miller. For his part, Ellenberger is riding a four fight-winning streak, besting Mike Pyle, John Howard, Carlo Eduardo Rocha and Sean Pierson in his last four fights, after dropping his UFC debut to Carlos Condit.
A victory over Shields, a fighter that most would rank in the top five in the welterweight division would surely help propel Ellenberger up the divisional rankings.
What do you think LowKick’ers, can Ellenberger hand Shields the first two-fight losing streak of his MMA career?
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