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‘UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger’ Bonuses: That Other Jake Pockets 55k

For Jake Ellenberger, the best part about his victory last night has to be his arrival in the UFC’s welterweight division. With a quick, convincing victory over Jake Shields, Ellenberger has set himself up for better opponents, more attention from the fans and the media and the better paydays that accompany those things. The second best part? The 55k Knockout of the Night bonus he picked up in the process, of course.

Submission of the Night honors went to T.J. Waldburger for his first round triangle choke against Mike Stumpf. Initially, Waldburger appeared to have Stumpf caught in an armbar. When Stumpf managed to escape, Waldburger pulled off a textbook transition to a triangle choke. The win gives T.J. Waldburger his 11th victory by submission.

As for the Fight of the Night bonuses, they went to Lance Benoist and Matt Riddle for their highly energetic scrap on the Facebook prelims. Both fighters fed off of the crowd’s energy, with Lance Benoist getting the better of Matt Riddle for the first two rounds. However, at the end of the second round, a cut opened up on the nose of Benoist that bothered him for the rest of the fight. Riddle nearly managed to finish Benoist during the third round, but Benoist held on long enough to pick up the unanimous decision victory.

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amsterdamheavy- September 19, 2011 at 6:21 am
I just want to make it clear Im not bashing GSP or anything and I still enjoy watching him fight. I just see him as trading in a more dynamic, perhaps risky, fighting style for being an absolute master of planning to exploit an opponents weaknesses and he exhibits a discipline not often found in MMA in that he can stick to the game plan through 5 rounds. To quote Ric Flair "To be that man, you gotta beat the man, wooooo!" No one has beaten GSP; you have to take the belt from the champion and no one has been even close to doing that.
fatbellyfrank- September 19, 2011 at 1:18 am
I wouldn't say GSP has 'lost' anything, he is one of the best ahtletes in UFC and wins fight after fight, and retains his belt, due to his athletic ability as a mixed martial arts athlete, anyone who thinks he's gone soft should ask Koschek's eye socket.
In short, GSP wins his athletic contests due to his superior athleticism, whch manifests itself in his fighting ability
coronaking88- September 19, 2011 at 12:41 am
In terms of GSP not fighting not to lose as oppose to win I think Chael Sonnen actually said it best: 25 minutes is a long ass time to be fighting someone. 5 rounders are inherently going to put fighters in a "marathon vs sprint" mentality so guys like GSP are going to do what they have to do to hang onto their belt. If you're GSP you're looking at the lightweights getting gassed in the final rounds, the heavys in the second, and Anderson Silva using voodoo and Jedi mind tricks to beat everyone else. So his options are basically: be Anderson Silva or don't gas out.
RwilsonR- September 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm
@ redping - I could see that happening, though my money would still be on GSP. GSP is much faster with better head movement than Shields, and much better wrestling. I think GSP gets him to the ground and wears him out, and then conditioning will become a factor. Ellenberger's big punches will come slower, and GSP will take over in the later rounds.
Redping- September 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm
Man I wish I put some money down, I knew this would happen! Ellenberger literally KO's everybody in the first round who's name isn't Carlos Condit. If you watch that Condit fight, he drops condit twice with his right hand, and its pretty much the only time condit has ever gone down in his career. Even though he sprang right back up nick diaz style, I still noted that and went 'hmm i'm pretty sure Ellenberger is going to KO his way to a title shot from here'. And it looks like he might. If serra could catch GSP with a punch, and then eat uppercuts all night against Lytle, then I think Ellenberger could take the belt in a vicious way soon, unless Condit has it
Bob Villa- September 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm
You guys are right. GSPs a total fag.
RoJoegan- September 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm
Shartacus is correct, Shields had papa on the brain. He also looked smaller—that damn vegan diet (no ‘roids). I love to hug GSP’s nuts.
Get Off Me- September 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm
There is nothing safe about what GSP does.
There is nothing safe about fighting someone who wants to take your belt.
GSP/Fitch fight was very exiciting.
GSP pulled his groin against Alves and proceeded to throw his groin at Alves.
GSP fought like JCVD vs. Bolo in Bloodsport against Jake Shields.
GSP looked like he was having trouble setting up a tent at a campsite against Hardy, but it was not boring to watch.
GSP shit on Koscheck for five rounds, I enjoyed it.
Leave GSP alone, he gives an honest fight and is a champion.
Flaneritz- September 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm
If a guy can play it safe against the best figters in his weight class then so be it. If he is good enough to embarass the number one contender time and time again then why should he put his neck on the line for the fans who are only there to see a knockout finish. Remember this is a sport as well as a fight and GSP has been untouchable at the top for some time now. Some people may be more exciting lately,but nobody can defeat this guy.Anyone who trains or is a true fan appreciates his skills, and keep in mind he is not running away from his opponents.
ccman- September 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Sorry but which 2 fights gsp didn't try to finish? He almost ripped. Off. Hardys arm, and was repeatedly tagging shields and knocked him down,what? 3x? He fought 2 rounds half blind. Sorry but we really need to remember the difference between not trying to finish and not finishing them
edhedicus- September 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm
I think there are many reasons for GSP's performances as of late. He is experimenting with so many different styles of training and techniques that he has become a Jack of all trades, master of none (except for that wrestling thing). He also faced a better Shields than Ellenberger did. Losing someone that close has to wreck the concentration of the fighter. Ask Kevin Randelman about that....
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RwilsonR- September 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm
Isn't Lance Benoist that gay guy from N'Sync?
Not that there's anything wrong with that...
JudgeHolden- September 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm
@mma mafia and amsterdamheavy:

If you look at GSP’s past seven fights, his fights against Shields and Hardy are the only two where he seemed to be playing it extra safe. He finished Serra and Penn in crushing fashion, beat the hell out of Fitch, broke Alves’s nose and pounded on him the entire fight, and fractured part of Koscheck’s skull in a fight that probably should have been stopped.

He doesn’t dish out Anderson Silva-style wizard KOs, but he’s still a bad, bad dude. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not as concerned with whether or not GSP has "killer instinct" as long as he soundly beats the hell out of everyone he fights, which he has done in 5 of his last 7 fights.
Smackdaddiest1- September 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Keep in mind that Shields beat Hendo at 185 less than 2 years ago and it really makes you put Ellenberger's win in perspective.
shartacus- September 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm
I've never been a Shields fan and I'm not trying to take anything away from Ellenburger's victory, but I'm sure the loss of his father/trainer had a lot to do with what happened last night. The reason GSP couldn't finish him, nor anyone else for that matter is because they were facing a fully focused fighter.
nesbitt- September 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm
@mma mafia and amsterdamheavy, not saying any of the loss of killer instinct from gsp isnt true, but ellenburger has shown some serious power throughout his career. i can remember watching him wreck some people on the m1 global series, and if i remember correctly his finish of pele was quality too.
amsterdamheavy- September 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm
@ MMA Mafia You can say GSP has "lost" his killer instinct but it seems more to me that he just threw the shit away. I believe the quote goes something like "losing the belt to Matt Serra was the worst feeling of my life. I will do everything I can to make sure that doesnt happen to me again". I agree with everything youre saying and I miss the "old" GSP. Id like to hear more from GSP about his fighting philosophy nowadays; is it just playing it safe, or something else? Demoralizing an opponent? Breaking their will?
MMA Mafia- September 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm
I'm the first guy to admit MMA math doesn't always add. But Ellenberger KO'ing Shields shows how much of that killer instinct GSP has lost. The dudes a stud, best game plans, a great athlete, ect... But he fights not to lose (the belt) and I think thats why people are "not eemmpressed wit ess performance" lately (Fitch as well). You don't have to put yourself in harms way to go for a finish but it shows you how easily Ellenberger did it......how come GSP coiuldn't do it in 25 mins?
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