Jake Shields vs. Jake Ellenberger likely for Fall UFC eventPosted on June 27, 2011, 04:47 PM by Joey Santosus
A Welterweight clash between one-time title challenger Jake Shields and rising contender Jake Ellenberger is currently in the works for a Fall UFC card.
Verbal agreements are said to be in place for the bout, which was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
It is a match-up that Ellenberger (24-5) expressed a desire for earlier this year. "The Juggernaut" has steadily climbed the ranks of the division, picking up four consecutive victories since dropping a closely contested split decision against Carlos Condit in his 2009 debut effort. Most recently, the Reign MMA product scored a vicious first-round knockout victory over Sean Pierson at UFC 129.
Shields (26-5-1), meanwhile, was brought in from Strikeforce last year as a touted contender for Georges St. Pierre's 170-pound strap. After edging out Martin Kampmann in a razor-thin split decision, Shields got his crack at the title in the main event of the UFC's Toronto debut. Though the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fighter was able to steal a round or two on the judge's scorecards, he found himself on the end of the champ's jab for the majority of the five-round affair. In the end, St. Pierre retained his belt, effectively snapping Shields' six and a half year, 15-fight winning streak.
While there has been no official venue confirmed for the contest, both UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou set for September 17th in New Orleans and UFC 138, expected for November 19th from San Jose, California, are suitable events for the timeline offered.
Photo: UFC fighter John Howard , left, fights Jake Ellenberger at UFC-Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko at the San Diego Sports Arena on August 1, 2010, in San Diego, California. Francis Specker